Texas Wants to Cut HIV Funding and Teach More About Abstinence

Because it totally makes sense for the state that has the fifth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, the state of Texas wants to cut funding for programs to prevent HIV and other STIs and boost programs that teach abstinence instead. » 3/31/15 11:50pm Yesterday 11:50pm

Republican Governors Bravely Fight Anti- Prison Rape Laws

The Prison Rape Elimination Act has a pretty self-evident mission, and yet, somehow, there are still people who manage to be against it. PREA, first passed in 2003 and finalized in 2012, establishes basic standards to keep American prisoners from being assaulted by other inmates or (more commonly) guards. Yet a… » 3/26/15 2:15pm Thursday 2:15pm

Texas Bill Would Prevent Doctors from Asking About Guns in the Home

A bill recently introduced into the Texas State Legislature would make it illegal for doctors to ask their patients if they own guns. Doctors ask about guns to make sure that they're being stored safely and to gauge a patient's domestic violence risks. But the bill sponsor, State Representative Stuart Spitzer, seems… » 3/25/15 6:40pm 3/25/15 6:40pm

Texas Judge: Robert Durst Left a Cat Head on My Doorstep 

To add to the growing list of awful stories to emerge about Robert Durst, the Texas judge who presided over his 2003 acquittal trial is claiming that Durst left a severed cat head on her doorstep. Susan Criss told Inside Edition that she found the cat head days after his acquittal. » 3/21/15 12:15pm 3/21/15 12:15pm

Bill Murray Rolls Into Kimmel On Horseback, In a Dress 

Jimmy Kimmel Live, like the rest of the world, has temporarily migrated to Austin for SXSW. His guest last night, Bill Murray, decided to work with this theme. » 3/20/15 9:30am 3/20/15 9:30am

'Marlise's Law' Would Give Pregnant People End-of-Life Decision Rights

It's been a little more than a year since the family of Marlise Munoz was allowed to take her off life support. The Azle, Texas woman was kept artificially alive against her family's wishes for two months while clinically brain-dead because she was pregnant. Now her family is supporting a new bill that would give… » 3/12/15 4:30pm 3/12/15 4:30pm

Meet the Middle School Girls Changing TX Dating Violence Legislation

Instead of using their sleepovers to watch music videos and gossip—like so many of us used to—a group of six middle school girls from East Texas have been spending their free time discussing state legislation and planning a PSA about teen dating violence. » 2/24/15 5:15pm 2/24/15 5:15pm

Texas Just Had Its First Legal Gay Wedding, State Still Throwing Tantrum

A legal shot across the bow or a crack in the dam, no matter how you want to describe it in metaphor, the legal marriage of two women in Austin, Texas continues to show that state same-sex marriage bans are just as likely to be ended in "death by a thousand cuts" as they are by one major Supreme Court ruling. » 2/19/15 10:50pm 2/19/15 10:50pm

Daily Show: Florida Congressman Relentlessly Messes with Texas

About nine-tenths of what Congress does is useless. Every so often they manage to pass a budget or something, but for the most part, they just furtively re-decorate their offices and turn oxygen into carbon dioxide. And, as the Daily Show pointed out last night, occasionally deliver stinging, unneccessary, completely… » 2/05/15 10:10am 2/05/15 10:10am

Epic Swingers Party Forced to Shutter Its Doors Because 'Decency'

There's a very special mansion in North Arlington, Texas where swingers have allegedly been getting down for a while now —- USA Today notes that about 60 parties have taken place in the mansion dubbed Eutopia. But on Wednesday, the city ordered Eutopia's host, David Esopenko, to shutter its swingin' doors. » 2/01/15 6:15pm 2/01/15 6:15pm

Signatures To Repeal Houston's LGBT Ordinance Full Of Same Handwriting

Many were disheartened by the "successful" petition to overturn Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, which protects LGBT+ individuals and other members of groups from discrimination. But now it appears signatures on the petition may have been forged. » 1/13/15 10:03pm 1/13/15 10:03pm

Gay Marriage Is Coming To Texas, So Texas Throws A Temper Tantrum

It looks very likely that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will strike down the same-sex marriage bans in its jurisdiction. This isn't surprising. Yet, Texas has decided it will throw a temper tantrum. House Bill 623 would take away the salary of any clerk attempting to comply with court rulings striking down the… » 1/10/15 4:43pm 1/10/15 4:43pm

Craigslist Texas Ad Offers Sublet "Possibly Haunted" by Frat Boys

Here's a charming little cottage in Austin, Texas that could be all yours, if you don't mind maybe putting up with some rowdy ghosts. » 1/07/15 11:36pm 1/07/15 11:36pm

FYI: Major Anti-Abortion Groups Funded by Crusty Male Billionaire

We all keep forgetting about Dan and Farris Wilks. They seem to like it that way. The billionaire Texan brothers made their money in the masonry and fracking businesses, then poured it right back into some of their favorite causes. Now's a good time to review the work of Farris Wilks' baby, the Thirteen Foundation,… » 12/23/14 12:30pm 12/23/14 12:30pm

Texas Theater Will Show Team America After Sony Pulls The Interview 

After Sony Pictures pulled The Interview from theaters due to an anonymous threat, a theater in Texas decided to replace the film with another comedy about North Korea—Team America: World Police. » 12/17/14 11:45pm 12/17/14 11:45pm

Former Aide Sues Texas Congressman for Very Weird Sexual Harassment 

A former aide has filed a lawsuit against Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold, claiming that she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, then illegally fired for complaining about her treatment. » 12/16/14 6:30pm 12/16/14 6:30pm

Someone Registered 'Blow-me.org' in the Name of a GOP Congressman 

Huh: Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski reports that someone has registered the website 'Blow-me.org' using the name and email address of Texas Tea Party Congressman Blake Farenthold. That's an okay prank, or, alternately, is something Blake Farenthold should have registered through a third party. Probably the first one. » 12/12/14 3:10pm 12/12/14 3:10pm

Texas Man Searching for Homeless Girl Roomie for Baths and Bedroom Fun

Everything's bigger in Texas, including one Odessa man's generosity: He's looking to upgrade a homeless street waif if she agrees to play PS4 and take bubble baths with him. Also, she has to swallow. Swallowing, Eliza Doolitle 2k14, is non-negotioable. » 12/08/14 11:05pm 12/08/14 11:05pm

Did Taylor Swift Steal 100 Brains From the University of Texas? 

About 100 brains have gone missing from University of Texas at Austin. The brains have exited the lab. Nobody knows where they've gone. And despite AOL's tweet from this morning, T. Swift has a pretty solid alibi... For last night, at least. » 12/03/14 10:50am 12/03/14 10:50am

​17-Year-Old Allegedly Posed as Sixth Grader To Find Child Porn Victims

Two men have been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography after posing as father and son, and allegedly targeting elementary school students to recruit as child pornography victims. This is all just horrible. » 11/22/14 6:47pm 11/22/14 6:47pm