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“I want to fight”: LGBTQ Texans ready for legislative session as GOP lawmakers target them in dozens of bills

Republicans are backing legislation targeting gender-affirming care for children, classroom lessons about sexuality and drag shows.

Austin Pride Parade attendees wave rainbow flags as they pass the Capitol building, on Aug. 20, 2022.
Anna Nguyne, president of the Austin chapter of "Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" (PFLAG), at the Waterloo Park outside the state Capitol in Austin on Dec. 14, 2022.

Gains and setbacks

Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas, in his office in Austin on Dec. 15, 2022.

Fights on several fronts

Marco Roberts poses for a portrait in his home in Houston, Texas on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.

Changing landscape

“I’m so happy being me”

Naomi Green, a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Pride Impact Funds, poses for a portrait in her home in Garland, TX on July 29, 2022.

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