Texas

LGBTQ people belong in Texas. Anti-LGBTQ bills don't.

Without comprehensive equal rights legislation at the federal level, LGBTQ people are subject to an inconsistent patchwork of legal protections in their states and local communities. This leaves millions of our most marginalized people at risk of potential discrimination at work and in their daily lives.

That’s why The Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality alongside lawmakers at the local and state levels across the country. Find out what HRC is doing in Texas and how you can help secure equal rights for all of its LGBTQ citizens.

Texas Legislature Pushing SB 29, An Anti-Trans Bill Targeting Trans Youth

The Texas Legislature has set a record this year for the highest number of anti-LGBTQ bills filed in the country. Texans traveled hundreds of miles and waited many hours to testify about the life-threatening harms that discriminatory bills will cause. But SB 29 has passed the Senate and is headed to a vote by the full House.

SB 29 Targets Trans Children by Banning them from Playing Sports

Sports are a crucial element of childhood development, and every child should have an opportunity to participate. Trans inclusion in athletics has been happening successfully for years at every level of play. This bill is a discriminatory “solution” to a problem that even the proponents of this bill cannot provide examples of. And enacting discriminatory laws like SB 29 would make it more difficult for your employees with transgender children to live in Texas. While on the surface, anti-trans sports bills may seem innocuous, or at least not a business concern, neither is true. SB 29 would codify discrimination against transgender people, particularly youth - which is bad for kids, families, and business.

Hurting Some Hurts All: Discriminatory legislation puts billions at risk

As we saw from the 2017 bathroom bills, efforts to discriminate in Texas garner national, and even global, attention. Business leaders from the technology sector and international corporations called on Texas and other states to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation. Numerous studies estimated Texas would lose billions if it passed the discriminatory legislation proposed in Texas in 2017 (SB6 and HB 2899).

  • The Texas Association of Business estimated potential losses as high as $8.5 billion, risking 185,000 jobs
  • An independent economist estimated Texas would lose $5.6 billion
  • Tourism organizations Visit San Antonio and San Antonio Area Tourism Council determined Texas stood to lose $3.3 billion
  • Event planners threatened to cancel major conventions and meetings in the state’s four largest cities, with an estimated impact of $407 million in lost short-term revenue alone
  • Potential to lose the 2018 NCAA Final Four, as well as other future sporting events and championships

Fight anti-trans legislation

Tell State Legislators to stop attacking the transgender community NOW! Your signature will send a message that we won’t back down when these lawmakers come for our community.

HRC has seven field organizers and four offices across Texas who work to mobilize opposition to any anti-LGBTQ legislation.

HRC has staff on the ground and four volunteer steering committees in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. HRC continues to work alongside Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Transgender Education Network of Texas, Lambda Legal, and others on the ground to battle against dangerous or harmful bills that attack the dignity of LGBTQ Texans. As a coalition, we will stand together; we will support and comfort one another, and we will continue to work together until we defeat every bill this session that discriminates against LGBTQ Texans.

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Communities in Texas

HRC has communities all over the US, each with initiatives and events based on local priorities for LGBTQ rights and equality. See Texas’ communities below and discover how you can get involved.

Join us

Opportunities for action vary from state to state, but our goal of equal rights for every LGBTQ person is the same everywhere. Check out these ways to volunteer in Texas.

State Scorecard

Not applicable: Housing
Not applicable: Employment
Not applicable: Public Accommodations
Not applicable: School Anti-Bullying
Not applicable: Education
Not applicable: Transgender Healthcare
Not applicable: Gender Marker Updates On Identification Documents
Not applicable: Anti-Conversion Therapy
Not applicable: Hate Crimes
Supports: Marriage Equality & Other Relationship Recognition
High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality
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