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

Today Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took a big step forward in his obsession with passing a bill targeting LGBT Texans for discrimination. The lieutenant governor rushed through committee -- with virtually no notice or public hearing -- passage of SB1978. We just sent out the following press release. Read More

Just weeks after the Texas Senate passed SB17, a sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination bill, state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, has a message for fellow lawmakers: My bill is even more extreme. Read More

Our fight to stop the legislative onslaught on LGBTQ Texans moved to the state House today. TFN helped organize a Capitol press conference calling on legislators to reject a new package of discrimination bills. Check out our press release. Read More

Take Action: Support Employment Protections for LGBT Texans

While Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some of his Senate cronies seem hellbent on passing anti-LGBT discrimination laws, House members have a chance to take a different direction this week.

On Tuesday the House Business and Industry Committee will consider HB850 , which updates the state’s employment nondiscrimination laws to include protections for LGBT Texans.

It’s rare when a Texas legislative committee considers such a positive, pro-equality bill. So it’s critical that we show committee members that there is broad support for equality for all Texans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

You can support Rep. Eric Johnson’s HB850 in two ways:

Sign up to testify at the committee hearing on Tuesday. The committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. or on adjournment of the House in E2.016 in the Capitol extension. Place a call to members of the House Business and Industry Committee to express your support for HB850 (contact info provided below).

To support HB850, tell committee members:… Read More

Just a day after the Senate State Affairs Committee advanced legislation allowing licensed professionals to use religion to justify discrimination against LGBT people, new polling shows that a majority of Texans oppose such laws. Check out our press release. Read More

Texas Freedom Network

Austin friends, This coming Monday, the @txlgbtqcaucus will be in town for the next in a series of town halls and happy hours across the state. We're proud to sponsor these events in support of LGBTQ equality and you're invited! Details: bit.ly/2MFbUyQ pic.twitter.com/pVYL…