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

Religious-right activists used a press conference on Wednesday to pressure Texas House members into passing SB6, which would require discrimination against transgender Texans in public restrooms. We sent out a statement in response. Read More

Yes, the Texas Anti-LGBT Bills Really Are About Hate and Discrimination

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick insists that SB 6 -- the so-called "bathroom bill" -- isn't about discriminating against transgender Texans. It is, of course. Patrick's own actions, and the actions of religious-right extremists he has brought in to help pass this discrimination bill, make that clear. Read More

In just the second day of the 2017 Texas legislative session, far-right lawmakers are already demonstrating their contempt for LGBT people and public schools. Read More

Demagogue
by Dan Quinn

Violent weather and flooding have killed at least nine Texans since Friday. This month the Texas Supreme Court criticized the state's broken and inequitable system for funding public schools but didn't require the Legislature to change it. The state's shockingly dysfunctional Child Protective Services is failing abused and neglected children. And the state's attorney general is under indictment for financial fraud. Texas clearly has plenty of real problems. But today Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a news conference at the Texas Capitol to announce that his "fight" against transgender kids who want to use the restroom in peace is "just beginning." Really. Read More

Equality Texas

Any bill that carries the expectation that every Texan needs a birth certificate to use the restroom is an unenforceable bill. #TXLege

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