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Texas mayor comes out

 photo herbst_zpsl13mayhe.jpgNew Hope, TX has a population of 670 with 640 registered voters. The Collin County town is in one of the most conservative suburban parts of Texas, situated 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Jess Herbst had been elected as an alderman after previously being the road commissioner. When Mayor Johnny Hamm died last year, Herbst was selected to be mayor pro tem.

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Scouts open door for trans boys

A week after the UK opened membership in the Girl Guides to transgender girls, a few days after the Irish Girl Guides followed suit, and facing a lawsuit over discriminating against New Jersey trans boy, Joe Maldonado, The Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will begin accepting members based on gender identity.

For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

They don't sound so enthusiastic about accepting trans kids.

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Authors decline to be honored by Texas Legislature

Author Rick Riordan was born in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas. He is noted as the writer of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books for children and young adults. As such Riordan was invited to the Texas Legislature's celebration of authors event.

Mr. Riordan has declined the invitation.

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