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Dale Carpenter poses for a portrait outside of his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022. In the 1990s Carpenter was the state …

“We failed”: Gay Republicans who fought for acceptance in Texas GOP see little progress

Gay Republicans who have fought for acceptance within the Texas GOP over the past three decades told The Texas Tribune progress has been excruciatingly slow. Many of them have left the party, even as the number of Log Cabin Republicans in Texas continues to grow.

Richard Tafel speaks at the Rally for Liberty in June 1998.
Members of the state Log Cabin Kelton Dillard, Dale Carpenter and Steve Labinski, left to right, outside the Texas Capitol i…
Dale Carpenter looks through photos from the 1998 Hate Crimes March in Austin in his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022.

“I sort of lost hope” 

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The battle for a booth

Dale Carpenter faces the media at the Texas Supreme Court in June 1996.
Christopher Busby at City Hall in downtown Houston on Monday, July 11, 2022. Busby left an active role supporting the Republ…

Victories and losses

Log Cabin members at Austin's Hate Crimes March in April 1998
Dale Carpenter poses for a portrait outside of his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022. In the 1990s Carpenter was the state …

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