THEN: Two sessions ago, the Texas legislature unsuccessfully proposed discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation in Texas, including a high-profile “bathroom bill.” The reaction was swift: thousands of Texans spoke out against the proposed bills, including 27 Fortune 500 companies, nearly 500 faith leaders and 50,124 people who took action by signing petitions or testifying against these harmful bills.
NOW: In 2021, the Texas Legislature is setting a record for the highest number of anti-LGBTQ bills filed in the country. Despite the will of Texans — and more broadly, Americans — on these topics, some legislators have continued their efforts to make discrimination legal in Texas.
Anti-Equality Bills are Moving in Texas Legislature Now
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 anti-trans sports bans and anti-trans medical bills will cause — despite this, this past week, two bills that target transgender youth advanced.
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).