Texas Has More Anti-LGBTQ Laws Than Any Other State, Says HRC
AUSTIN, Texas – the Human rights campaign says 2021 is the worst year on record for anti-LGBTQ legislation in Texas.
Lawyers gathered outside the state capital on Tuesday to denounce the legislation. Perhaps the youngest lawyer, Cecelia Gonzales, 8, has spoken out on behalf of her 11-year-old transgender sister.
“My siblings and I are really worried that our state is passing bills that hurt us…” she added, “… We love living in Texas and don’t have to relocate, but I know we will have to do it if [lawmakers] keep trying to hurt us. My sister has a lot of friends and family who love and support her, but it seems people who make laws don’t understand that we are all uniquely different. But that doesn’t mean we should be treated any differently. Stop attacking my sister and my family. ”
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Cecelia’s father Frank Gonzales says they are tired of traveling to Austin from Dallas for advocacy work. “We are tired of defending the legitimacy of our daughter’s existence,” he said.
With more than two dozen bills introduced this legislative session, Texas has more anti-LGBTQ laws than any other state according to the Human Rights Campaign.
“These bills aren’t really rooted in the real world. They’re rooted in fear, they’re rooted in discrimination. They’re rooted in misinformation. Cruelty isn’t just the byproduct, cruelty. is the point. ” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
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Invoices to be considered include HB 1399, which could impact a trans child’s ability to receive gender-affirming medical care, as well as SB 1646, which would punish a parent facilitating this care in the event of child abuse.
“These mothers and parents across the country are heroes, not criminals. The only people who should be labeled abusers here are the lawmakers who try to hurt trans children for political ends, ”said David.
SB 29, which would impact the ability of transgender children to play school sports, was rejected by the House public education committee on Tuesday.
“If history has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t compromise with hate,” said State Rep. James Talarico (D-Round Rock).