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Texas lawmakers are making it their mission to go after trans kids. Here’s what you need to know about what’s going on in Texas, what it means for trans Texans and their families, and what you can do to help.

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THE LATEST: Special session is over—without a single bathroom ban getting passed!

 Here’s the latest

GREAT NEWS! On August 15, the special session ended without a single bathroom ban being passed. Congratulations to transgender Texans, their families, and their allies who spoke out and defeated these bills.

But our work isn't over yet. During the special session, lawmakers passed bills that targeted abortion access and made it harder for people to vote, and they failed to repeal SB 4, the hateful and racist anti-immigrant law they passed earlier this year. And lawmakers have vowed to come back with another anti-trans bill during the next session. We need to keep vigilant to stop any more attacks on trans Texans and keep fighting all forms of hatred and discrimination.

The rundown of anti-trans bills

House Bill 46

What it does: ​It says that local governments and schools can't protect trans people from discrimination in restrooms.
​Where it's at now: Failed!
 

House Bill 50

What it does: ​It says that schools can't protect trans students from discrimination in restrooms.
​Where it's at now: ​Failed!​
 

Senate Bill 3

What it does: It prohibits trans people from using the right restrooms in schools and publicly-run buildings (like many hospitals, parks, DMVs, and government buildings). It also prohibits schools and local governments from protecting trans people from discrimination when it comes to restrooms and participation in sports.
​Where it's at now: Failed! It passed in the Senate but never made it through the House.
 

Senate Bill 23

What it does: It says that local governments can't have nondiscrimination laws that protect transgender people and other groups who aren't protected under state law.
Where it's at now: ​Failed!
 

Senate Bill 91

What it does: It prohibits trans people from using the right restrooms in schools and publicly-run buildings (like many hospitals, parks, DMVs, and government buildings). It also prohibits schools and local governments from protecting trans people from discrimination when it comes to restrooms and participation in sports.
​Where it's at now: Failed!

 What you can do now that the session is over:

  • ​In you live in Texas, find out where your rep stood on anti-trans bills and send them a message.

    • ​If they voted for or co-sponsored for an anti-trans bill, tell them why that's disappointing. And if they didn't, thank them for doing the right thing.

    • Find out how your senator voted on SB 3 here on page 222. And here's the list of representatives in the House who supported HB 46.

  • Take care of yourself and the trans people around you.

    • Fighting against hatred and discrimination can be hard. Reach out to your support network or to your trans loved ones and take all the time you need for self-care.

  • Share your story with NCTE. That will help us advocate for trans p eople and their families in Texas and around the country in the future and show the nation why bills targeting trans people can be so harmful.
  • If you or your loved one is a trans student, visit NCTE’s School Action Center for more resources.

  • Share and add to the list of safe bathrooms.

  • Donate to organizations in Texas like Equality Texas and the Transgender Education Network of Texas, and donate to NCTE so that we can keep fighting harder and harder for the trans community everywhere.

 

 

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