Texas Standard for July 22, 2022

After the recent Supreme Court ruling, proponents of abortion rights and same-sex marriage protections are turning to Congress. But is there enough support? We’ll take a look. And: Texas teens across the board are dealing with increased mental health challenges since the start of the pandemic. But for trans teens finding the right mental health care support can be an extra hurdle. Also: First responders face high risk on the job. But when some Texas firefighters, officers and EMS workers have filed workers compensation claims they’ve found roadblock upon roadblock. Plus: It’s not just home sale prices that are through the roof in Texas, it’s also rent. So can you negotiate with your landlord? And the study of Harry Styles. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJuly 22, 2022 9:44 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, July 22, 2022.

Congress moves to protect LGBT marriage, contraception. How’s Texas reacting?

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, constitutional protections for marriage equality and access to contraception have suddenly been thrown into question as well. Democrats in Washington have introduced legislation to protect access to contraception and LGBTQ+ marriage. For the latest, we’re joined by Houston Chronicle reporter Ben Wermund.  

For trans youth in North Texas, finding affirming mental health care can be a challenge

Mental health professionals are a vital part of young people’s community of support. That’s especially true for transgender youth, who experience higher rates of severe depression and anxiety than their cisgender peers. But as KERA’s Elena Rivera reports, accessing an affirming therapist in Texas can be a challenge. 

Could a floating abortion clinic operate in the Gulf of Mexico?

An OB-GYN from California has unveiled plans for an offshore abortion clinic that would operate in the Gulf of Mexico, servicing patients from coastal states. From Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Kobee Vance spoke with a maritime expert on the legal hurdles that may face the project. 

First responders fight for workers compensation 

For many employees that get sick or injured on the job, worker’s compensation provides relief for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. But for some first responders in Texas cities, getting those benefits has been easier said than done. It’s a phenomenon that Delger Erdensanaa wrote about for the Texas Observer. We’ll learn more today. 

How to negotiate your rent in Texas amid higher prices

Rents in big Texas cities like Austin and Dallas keep rising, with tenants often seeing big rent hikes come time to renew. And with few salaries keeping pace with cost-of-living increases, many renters are searching for cheaper housing. While Texas lacks rent control laws, renters do have some options when it’s time to renew. Nicole Cobler, Austin-based reporter for Axios, joins us with some negotiation tips for renters. 

The Sounds of Texas: Robert Earl Rea and the Dust Bowl 

Harry Styles 101

Harry Styles is more than a huge pop star. Now he’s the subject of academic study. Texas State University professor Louie Dean Valencia is offering a course called “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture.” We’ll talk to the professor today.  

Typewriter Rodeo

The gang delivers another custom poem. Submit your own suggestions online! 

The week in Texas politics

Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a recap of the week that was, including indictments in migrant smuggling case that claimed 53 lives, the upcoming Uvalde school district vote on whether to fire District Police Chief Pete Arredondo and more. 

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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