2. When Justin Normand stood in front of a mosque in Irving after Election Day, just in case anyone was feeling targeted or afraid.
3. When Texas senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa wrote this very touching letter to his gay daughter.
From the letter:
“It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as ‘different,’ or as someone who should not enjoy the same basic rights as a straight person does. You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love.
As a society we should not tolerate acts of discrimination, hate or violence for any reason. We are all equals. I remain committed to the cause of equality and most importantly in fighting to protect you and the children of all fathers. All men and women should have the freedom to choose their partner.
As you are all grown up now, you will still always be my little girl. I am very proud of you. I hope one day that you, too, can experience the love for a child. And I hope one day that your children will live in a world where they will not need protection for wanting to marry who they love.”
4. And when gay Texas police officers reminded LGBTQ youths that it gets better.
5. When New Hope’s mayor, Jess Herbst, came out as transgender and the extremely conservative town of 600 was like *shrug*.
“I was hoping for tolerance. I’ve been overwhelmed by support,” she told The Washington Post.
6. When Mobile Loaves & Fishes created a unique community in East Austin to help end homelessness.
Designed to house 250 people, the community is made up of tiny homes and RVs, and has gardens, a market, places to worship, an outdoor amphitheater, a dog park, a health clinic, and places to take classes.
7. When eight inmates broke out of their cell…to save a prison guard’s life in Weatherford.
8. When Ann Richards was goals.
The 45th governor of Texas worked tirelessly on behalf of women and minorities, vetoed legislation that would have relaxed gun laws and hurt the environment, and celebrated her 60th birthday by getting her motorcycle license. Before she left office in 1995, she said, “I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.”
10. When Dale Hansen, a longtime sports anchor at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, defended openly gay football player Michael Sam and put bigoted NFL officials on blast.
12. When Texans went to the capitol in 2013 to protest an extreme anti-abortion bill, showing the rest of the country what democracy looks like.
13. When 100 students at UT showed up to protest an inflammatory and racist bake sale.
14. When a dust storm couldn’t stop people in ultra-conservative Lubbock from holding their Women’s March.
15. And when people in Lubbock stood up for immigrants and refugees following President Trump’s travel ban.
We see you, Lubbock.
16. When a group of volunteers repaired the Houston home of a 97-year-old veteran.
They put on a new roof, remodeled a bathroom, and did electrical work in the home of Mack Bailey, who was awarded four Bronze Stars for his service in World War II.
17. And when Eugene Bostick of Fort Worth started using his tractor to take the stray dogs he rescues on a daily train ride.
We take care of our own.
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