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

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing discrimination in the Texas Legislature again. Today the Senate State Affairs Committee took up a sweeping bill that would allow every licensed professional in the state to use their religious beliefs to justify discrimination against LGBT Texans. Check out our press release below. UPDATE: The State Affairs Committee gave its approval to SB17 late this afternoon. Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., joined other Republicans on the committee in voting for the bill. The committee's only other Democrat, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, voted no. Read More

Stop Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Newest Attack on LGBT Texans

UPDATE: The Senate State Affairs Committee has passed SB17 and sent it on to the full Senate. Use the form below to contact your state senator to tell them you oppose SB17. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick just launched his newest legislative assault on LGBT Texans. The Senate State Affairs Committee is set to consider a sweeping discrimination bill -- SB 17 -- at a public hearing on Monday (March 25). SB17 is one of at least 15 bills that would allow businesses, counselors, doctors and other licensed professionals -- even government officials -- to use their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against LGBT Texans. Read More

  Today we were proud to stand at the state Capitol with our partners and LGBT advocates from across Texas to call on lawmakers to support equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Check out the press release we just sent out: Read More

On Monday (February 25) the Austin ISD Board of Trustees will vote on an updated sex education curriculum that is inclusive of the needs of LGBTQ students. The adoption of this curriculum would be a big step forward for equality and the health of all students in Austin schools. Read More

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