Bathroom bill debate has earned Texas $216 million in bad publicity

discriminiationinTXAUSTIN — A review of press coverage shows that the Texas “bathroom bill” debate generated $216 million in bad publicity for the state of Texas.
    During the 85th Texas legislative session, 25,774 local, state, and national articles were written about the efforts to pass bathroom and changing-room restrictions on transgender adults and children. More than 20,000 of these articles were published outside of Texas.
    The media tracking service Meltwater was used to generate the data; Overall, the sentiment calculated across all news coverage was deeply negative.
    The topic of bathroom restrictions for transgender Texans has been shepherded into the spotlight by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and vocal anti-LGBT backers like Empower Texans, Conservative Republicans of Texas, and Texas Values.

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Pride Foundation awards $438,000 in scholarships to 108 student leaders

MikiSEATTLE – Pride Foundation announced scholarships to 108 students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington totaling $438,000—the largest total award in the organization’s history.
    Pride Foundation is the largest source of scholarships to LGBTQ students in the country. These scholarships, which range from $3,000 to $14,000, seed the next generation of leaders in the LGBTQ community.

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Smell of the Kill at WCT directed by John Dalton-White

03-Jun-17 37WICHITA - Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain, presents a wild comedy by Michelle Lowe. The Smell of the Kill runs June 7-18 and is directed by John Dalton-White.
    Smell of the Kill refers to the animals hunted by one of the women’s husband and stored in a new meat locker in the basement of their home.
    Each month the three couples meet for dinner and drinks. While the men adjourn to the living room to play golf, the women are relegated to the kitchen. (The husbands are never seen only heard.)
    As the wives clean up the remains of dinner and trade gossip, each woman reveals that her marriage isn’t what she thought it would be.
    Meanwhile, the men go down to the basement to see the new prize possession, the meat locker, and inadvertently they are locked inside. Their wives, in the kitchen above, hear tapping and must decide what to do: rescue, call police, or maybe . . .
    Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm. The first Sunday is at 7pm and the second Sunday is a 2pm matinee. Tickets are $14 for adults or $12 for military/senior/students. There is a special opening night ticket price of $10 for all on June 7 only. Call for reservations 686-1282.

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