The freedom to marry became the law of the land, even here in Texas, in June of 2015. But the fight for equality didn’t end there. Texas remains a state where LGBTQ individuals can be fired from their job, denied a place to live or refused service at a business simply because of who they are or whom they love.  Far-right activists and politicians continue to work to preserve the right to discriminate and roll back gains made by the LGBTQ community at the local level.

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The Texas Hate Group Behind Dan Patrick’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Keeps Up Its Attacks on LGBT People

Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick fellow lawmakers continue to claim that the Texas “bathroom bill” isn’t about attacking and discriminating against transgender people. But the hate group that has played a leading role in trying to pass this cruel, discriminatory bill has made the real agenda behind it very clear — attacking the very existence of transgender people and, more broadly, the LGBT community. Check out this week’s hate screed from Steve Hotze, the head of Conservative Republicans of Texas, headlined: “There Is No Such Thing as Transgender.”

Excerpts:

“Men who claim to be women and want to be able to enter women’s and girls’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms are participating in disgraceful, shameful conduct. They need to be told, ‘Stop it!’ These individuals should be ostracized.”

“When [the ‘bathroom bill’] passes, the Texas economy will prosper. There will be tens of thousands of families across America who will move to Texas because our state government has stood up for women’s and girls’ privacy, and not caved in to the homosexual political movement which is determined to create moral and sexual anarchy in our society.

The homosexual political movement, comprised of individuals who practice and promote deviant… Read More

Today TFN President Kathy Miller spoke along with representatives of our partner organizations on a national press call about Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick trying to pass a “bathroom bill” and other anti-LGBT discriminatory legislation in the coming special session of the Texas Legislature. The special session begins Tuesday (July 18). Here’s the statement Kathy made during the national press call: Read More

Today Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a deeply divisive and discriminatory bill allowing the use of religion to discriminate against LGBT Texans and others in adoption and foster care services. We just sent out the following statement. Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2017

The Texas Senate tonight gave preliminary approval, 21-10, on second reading to HB3859, which would allow child welfare services providers that contract with the state to use religion to discriminate against qualified parents and children. Final passage on third reading is required. The House has already passed this bill. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement:

“It’s worse than disheartening to watch politicians cynically misuse religion as an excuse for allowing taxpayer-funded discrimination against qualified parents and vulnerable kids simply because of who they are or whom they love. Hundreds of faith leaders from Texas and across the nation have warned that bills like this are about discrimination and hurting people, not protecting religious freedom. Frankly, this bill’s passage reinforces the reputation of Texas as a state run by politicians who are hostile to treating everyone equally under the law.”

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The Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.… Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2017

The Texas House this evening amended (and then passed on second reading) SB2078, a bill that had been focused on school emergency and safety plans, to include a measure that would open the door to stigmatizing and shaming transgender students seeking access to public restrooms all other students use. The amended SB2078 must be approved on third reading by the House, then accepted by the Senate and signed by the governor.

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement:

“Supporters of this amendment suggested they were trying to find a middle ground by avoiding an explicit requirement that public schools discriminate against transgender students while also giving a nod to political pressure groups that have insisted on doing so. But there is no moral middle ground on discrimination. Either you discriminate, or you don’t. This amendment, if it becomes law, would leave transgender students even more vulnerable to being stigmatized and bullied simply because they are different. It would be far better if our lawmakers rejected these cynical and dishonest efforts to turn transgender Texans into pawns for advancing discriminatory public policies.”

Background:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick… Read More

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