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People line the railing on all three levels of the outdoor rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin, and wave signs during the "Fight for our Lives" rally in opposition of anti-LGBTQ bills on March 27, 2023.
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The eyes of LGBTQ Texans are upon Dade Phelan and the House

Spurred by a groundswell of far-right support, the Texas Senate has passed all of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priority LGBTQ bills — and then some. What the House does next will impact queer Texans’ lives and could determine Speaker Phelan’s future.

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, gavels the House into session on the House floor during session at the state Capitol in Austin on April 11, 2023.
Speaker Joe Straus gives a hastily-called press conference in the back of the House chamber on May 17, 2017. 
An attendee at the Stonewall anniversary celebration poses with a toilet on the steps of the capitol on June 28, 2017. Organizers from Austin Pride situated the rainbow-colored toilets in front of the capitol to demonstrate opposition to SB 6, known as the "bathroom bill."
At a May 17, 2017 press conference at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns he'll seek a special session if the House doesn't pass certain legislation. 
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Waco on March 25, 2023.
State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, on the House floor on May 6, 2019.
State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, prepares to present her bill SB 130 to the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce at the state Capitol in Austin on March 14, 2023. The Committee heard testimony for a number of bills, including SB 130, which seeks to prohibit municipalities or counties from requiring employment benefits for their employees.
People hold signs labeled with different bills that have been filed by Texas lawmakers that target transgender and LGBTQ communities during the "Fight for our Lives" rally at the outdoor rotunda in the state Capitol on March 27, 2023.

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Demographics Politics State government Dade Phelan Dan Patrick Donna Campbell Jessica González Senfronia Thompson Stephanie Klick