A record-breaking wave of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced by state legislatures across the country this year. Texas lawmakers filed the most of any state, the majority of them attacking trans youth.
After failing to pass a “bathroom bill” at the Legislature, religious-right conservatives target LGBT-inclusive policies at schools.
Opponents, including activist Stephanie Martinez and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, say the ‘bathroom bill’ would further fuel anti-trans violence.
On Friday, more than 250 people signed up to testify, and the overwhelming majority spoke in opposition.
Dan Patrick is forcing a special session to get his bathroom bill passed.
More than ever, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is pulling the strings at the Capitol.
“We are being rolled by the Senate, and trans children are part of that bargain,” said Representative Celia Israel.
Beginning at 11:40 p.m., lawmakers heard more than five hours of heartfelt testimony on HB 2899.
Beginning late Wednesday night, a House committee heard hours of testimony opposing HB 2899, the House’s version of the “bathroom bill.