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People stand with signs and flags as they celebrate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Lawrence vs. Texas case outside City Hall in Houston on June 26, 2003.
LGBTQ+ Texans

Twenty years after a breakthrough Texas case launched a new era of gay rights, trans people are still in the fight

The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for major civil rights victories for queer Americans in the 2003 decision that decriminalized homosexuality. But progress for LGBTQ+ people has been uneven.

Left to right: John Lawrence, Attorney Mitchell Katine and Tyron Garner celebrate the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling on a Texas sodomy law, during a gay pride parade in Houston on June 28, 2003.

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“Good, average guys”

Longtime LGBTQ+ activist Lane Lewis in his home in Houston on June 21, 2023.

Private lives

Lewis shows a copy of the original police report of John Lawrence's and Tyron Garner's arrest.
A photo in Lane Lewis' Houston home of Lewis, John Lawrence, Tyron Garner and others central to the Lawrence v. Texas case.
Lewis with his dogs AJ and Potter in his home.

Different worlds

“It’s a lot easier as a white, gay male to walk through Montrose now than it was in the early ’90s. Simultaneously, it’s just as unsafe for a trans or cross-dressing person to walk down the street today as it was in the early ’90s.”

— Lane Lewis, longtime gay rights activist
State Rep. Venton Jones, HD-100, stands in the open-air rotunda, a few steps away from his office in the state Capitol's extension in Austin on Jan. 19, 2023.

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