LGBTQ Rights

 

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.

Resources

Texans Equal Under Law

How Did the Tea Party/Religious Right Lose So Badly on LGBT Discrimination in the Texas Legislature? http://bit.ly/1Nq22Sj

New Poll Shows Long List of Proposed Texas Bills Promoting Anti-LGBT Discrimination Contradicts What Voters Want

In case you missed it, the State Board of Education late last month approved a new set of health curriculum standards, which cover sex education, for Texas public schools. It was the first time in a generation the SBOE has revised the state's outdated standards. Read More

The State Board of Education’s refusal even to acknowledge the existence of LGBTQ people in new health curriculum standards is a tragic failure to help ensure that Texas public schools are safe and inclusive for all students, Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez said today. Read More

The Texas Freedom Network joined with hundreds of advocates today to call on the State Board of Education to adopt new curriculum standards that provide comprehensive, inclusive information on sex education and reflect the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. Read More

More than 260 people signed up to testify at a public hearing today as the State Board of Education considers an overhaul of health education standards -- including standards on sex education -- for Texas public schools. Check out our press release. Read More

In a state that long has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, it's clear that the state's abstinence-focused curriculum standards for health and sex education need an overhaul. But that's not how abstinence-only politicians on the State Board of Education see things. Information TFN has obtained through an open records request shows the first revision of the health standards in more than two decades already appears headed off the rails toward another unnecessary culture war  battle -- this time with the health of millions of Texas students on the line. Check out the press release we just sent out. Read More

Texas Civil Rights Project

The supporters of #HB6 and #SB7 challenged people to “read the bills and point to voter suppression.” Today, 63 civil rights orgs have gladly accepted that challenge & are releasing two joint statements outlining some of the sections that would harm voters the most #txlege pic.twitter.com/qvox…