by Michael A. Lindenberger
Originally published: July 19, 2017
When Texas lawmakers return to Austin today for the special session, they'll be fighting over the very lives of transgender teenagers and others in Texas, whether they're willing to admit it or not.
This isn't hyperbole, and it's not a secret.
Just ask Speaker Joe Straus, the conservative Republican who leads the lower chamber. "I won't have the suicide of a single Texan on my hands," he explained when asked why he opposed the Senate version of the bill so desperately sought by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.