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Saturday, September 23 • 11:10am - 12:10pm
The Politics of Bathrooms

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How the fight in Texas over transgender rights became the latest battlefront in the nation’s culture war

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Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Nicole Hudgens

Policy Analyst for Texas Values
Hudgens has been a policy analyst for Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas, since the start of the 84th Legislative Session. Prior to joining the Texas Values team, Hudgens worked for the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council... Read More →
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Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes
Shortall leads a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas employers and chambers of commerce advocating an economic case for Texas to adopt a more welcoming approach to LGBTQ issues. Previously, she co-founded The Campus Kitchens Project, a food rescue and hunger relief nonprofit, and served... Read More →
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Ron Simmons

State Representative
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He sits on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Transportation committees. During the 85th legislative session, Simmons authored a bill to ban cities and school districts from enacting trans-inclusive... Read More →
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Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He is founder of the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative... Read More →
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Lou Weaver

Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas
Weaver is an advocate for transgender Texans and a prominent activist in Houston’s LGBTQ community. His advocacy has focused on trans health care issues and providing guidance to local law enforcement. Weaver joined Equality Texas in 2016 and is a part of the organization’s Texas... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room