The country's largest city without an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance looks to change that with a new draft policy, proposed by the city's first LGBT mayor.
After 13 members of the public spoke out at a school board meeting, Laura Jane Klug claims she has been reinstated following a suspension for being transgender.
The effervescent trans woman was one of the first to sue for the right to survivor benefits in the late 1990s when her husband died of alleged medical malpractice.
Brice Johnson is accused of beating Arron Keahey after the two arranged a meeting via a social networking app.
The couples challenging the ban want it suspended while they await a trial in the case.
A bill proposed by a Texas congressman would prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where such unions are not legal.
Gay and lesbian members of the Texas National Guard will now be able to receive benefits for their spouses.
Mayor Annise Parker says this is the constitutional and right thing to do; meanwhile, Houston's county takes steps to protect LGBT prisoners.