Texas Action Center

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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 Here’s the latest

Lawmakers have filed several anti-trans bills during the special session. After nearly eleven hours of testimony, the Senate State Affairs committee voted to send SB 3, a bathroom ban, to a full vote on the Senate floor. That vote can happen as soon as Monday. Three more bills, which try to make it illegal for local governments and schools to protect trans people from discrimination and mistreatment, were filed earlier in the session. If you live in Texas, call your representatives right now and ask them to vote no on anti-trans bills. 

Check back here for up-to-the minute updates about what’s going on in the Texas legislature.

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: ​Referred to State Affairs Committee
 

House Bill 50

What it does: ​It says that schools can't protect trans students from discrimination in restrooms.
​Where it's at now: ​Referred to State Affairs Committee
 

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: ​It passed out of the Senate State Affairs committee and will now go to a full vote on the Senate floor, possibly as early as Monday.
 

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: Introduced on July 10
 

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: It had a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on July 21. The committee voted to pass SB 3 (an almost-identical bathroom ban), but they haven't voted on SB 91 at this point.

 What you can do if you live in Texas:

If you're organizing actions in Texas, let us know so we can help promote it or post it here.

  • Keep the pressure on lawmakers.

  • Make some noise!

    • Contact us if you're interested in sharing your story with legislators or the media.

    • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor for your local paper. Contact us if you need help preparing your story and connecting with media.

  • Sign up to phone bank in cities across Texas.

  • Volunteer to give someone a ride to Austin or let advocates stay in your home in Austin.

    • Lots of Texans will need to come to Austin during the special session to testify and rally in support of trans people. Contact Lou at Equality Texas.

  • If you are a person of faith who believes in LGBTQ equality, find out how your voice can make a difference at TexasBelieves.org.

  • 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.

  • 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.


 What you can do in or out of Texas: 

 

 

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