AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, the Texas Senate, which was reconvened for a special session earlier this month, passed SB 2, a bill that would ban the participation of transgender women and girls in sports consistent with their gender identity. The bill is one of two anti-transgender bills on the special session call along with SB 32, another sports ban bill.
The Senate passed a similar anti-transgender sports ban bill, SB 29, during the regular session this spring. 2021 has been a record-breaking year for the passage of anti-LGBTQ and specifically anti-transgender legislation, with 25 anti-LGBTQ bills having been enacted, including 13 specifically anti-transgender laws across 8 states. More than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced across 33 states this session, including more than 130 specifically anti-transgender bills. Each of these marks has set a new record for anti-equality legislation being introduced and enacted in a single state legislative session since the Human Rights Campaign began tracking legislation. Human Rights Campaign Texas State Director Rebecca Marques issued the following statement in response to the Senate passage of SB 2 and SB 32:
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