Fort Worth gets shoutout for LGBT efforts

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer Star-Telegram

Several Texas cities — including Fort Worth — are getting a shoutout for leading “the way in LGBT equality.”

Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio raised their scores regarding anti-discrimination laws and equal employee benefits, according to a Municipal Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, bisexual and transgender group.

And Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, described as “shining like beacons of hope,” all earned the group’s “All Star” designations.

Fort Worth ranked 99 out of 100, behind only the perfect scores landed by Austin and Dallas.

Texas stars

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and retired veteran CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer, a former Star-Telegram reporter, will officially be designated as outstanding Texans next year.

The two have been chosen to receive the History-Making Texan Award at the Texas State History Museum Foundation’s annual Texas Independence Day Dinner on Feb. 24, 2016.

“The award recognizes living Texas legends whose contributions to the state and the nation have been truly historic and exceptional in scope,” according to the foundation.

Saving a seat

During a hearing in October on climate change, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, eviscerated a witness, Sierra Club President Aaron Mair who was ill-prepared to respond to Cruz’s relentless questioning.

So when Cruz held another climate change hearing this month, this time as chairman of another panel, the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, it wasn’t surprising that Mair declined the invitation to testify.

Cruz said that in Mair’s honor, he was placing an empty chair at the witness table.

A Fort Worth leader

Fort Worth City Councilwoman Gyna Bivens has been named vice chairwoman of the National League of Cities’ 2016 Community and Economic Development Committee.

In her new position, Bivens will help shape policy positions for the league.

“Every member elected to represent constituents throughout the nation is always strategizing to bring appropriate development to any given community,” she said. “I am excited and humbled to be selected serve in this capacity.”

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley