The Texas Republican Debate Set For Thursday In Houston Will Have No ‘LGBT’ Local Or Statewide Media In Attendance
Access Denied: The Republican National Party Rejects LGBT+ Media Request To Attend GOP Texas Debate
– Cade Michals | Exclusive for About News
HOUSTON, TEXAS- The Republican Party (GOP) on Tuesday denied media access to the only state LGBTQ+ news outlet requesting coverage of the Houston GOP debate. No LGBTQ+ publication or representative in the State of Texas will be attending the GOP debate in official media capacity. No LGBTQ+ media will be in attendance, or able to question any candidates in the press room including Presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas. An e-mail sent to the publication by the Republican National Party denied their request.
Thursday’s GOP debate in Houston is now hours away. This debate is considered one of the most anticipated in the race for the White House and includes some very vocal opponents of LGBTQ+ rights and laws. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has pledged to sign anti-LGBT executive orders on day one in the White House.
The GOP has long banned LGBTQ+ groups from participating in Texas republican conventions. The Texas Observer broke news last week ‘for the first time in GOP history the Republican Party of Texas is ‘allowing’ a booth by an LGBTQ+ group to be present at the 2016 Texas convention.’
“All press credentials are being handled by the RNC” a University of Houston spokesperson told About News. “We would encourage you to speak to the RNC relating to this matter.” A spokesperson for the University of Houston’s LGBT Resource Center stated ‘she was a state employee and could not comment.’
LGBTQ+ journalists are resourceful, but not being allowed media credential sometimes put stories out of reach for even the seasoned journalist. Texas LGBTQ+ media outlets Dallas Voice, Outsmart Magazine, Project Q and About News | About Magazine will not be in attendance.
“Houston has attempted leaps and bounds to be a city of equality. Not to be able to get even a foot in the door; I’m disgusted to say the least.” University of Houston’s ‘GLOBAL’ president Jeremy Dyer said. GLOBAL is a University of Houston LGBTQ+ outreach program. “It’s fairly obvious, I personally believe” he continued.”The reasons they do not want LGBT reporters there, because the topic, they do not want to talk about.”
The debate hosted by CNN and Telemundo will specifically address Latino issues and will be the only GOP primary debate that will air in Spanish on the Telemundo Network. Wolf Blitzer will moderate the network’s Feb. 25 Republican presidential debate in Houston. Blitzer will be joined by CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, Telemundo anchor Maria Celeste Arraras, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt
It all happens at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday February 25, 2016.
Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and the GOP’s denial of any local LGBTQ+ media is another ‘black-eye’ Houston must deal with.
No response or comment from the Texas GOP or RNC as of press time.