Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
Rev. Griff Martin, on Senate Bill 892, a proposal at the Texas Legislature to allow faith-based child welfare groups that contract with the state to discriminate against LGBT children and families.
“May our fears and ignorance not stop us from giving children a home. May we become a world of all people, all people, all people. May love win. May children have a home.”
Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, on state lawmakers’ strategy to chip away at LGBTQ rights.
“Often, the far-right strategies in Texas are exported to other states. We’re kind of a testing ground or a petri dish for extremist political strategies.”
Rae Martinez, outreach coordinator for TFN, on the two dozen anti-LGBTQ bills pending at the Texas Legislature.
“I’m trans and it’s been difficult coming out with my friends and family about who I am because there’s so much stigma around being trans. Bills like these throw that stigma around transgender and LGBTQ people. As a trans person, I want to be safe and okay in my own state.”
Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, on Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
“Everything he has done is detrimental to marginalized communities. His executive orders and actions dehumanize and devalue entire communities of people — including trans children, people of color and women.”
Donald Trump, on his time in office
“This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”