Thursday, May 18, 2017

Texas Transgender Youth At Risk

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is threatening Texas lawmakers to pass a bill that would discriminate & harm our transgender youth. Chuck Smith, Equality Texas CEO responded stating, “The lt. governor threw a temper tantrum today threatening a special session he has no authority to call that will cost the state millions of dollars, put the funding of agencies at risk & hurt everyday Texans- so he can get one bill passed that discriminates against an already bullied group of kids, transgender children. Being transgender in Texas is hard enough without having to face public threats from the lt. governor. This grand-standing & false rhetoric is dangerous & will destroy our state. Business leaders large & small from all over the United States, faith leaders of all different religions from every single state & transgender people & their family members say our communities are strengthened when no one faces discrimination. Discriminatory bills targeting transgender Texans could cost the state of Texas more than $5 billion dollars if we choose a path that encourages & legalizes discrimination. Protecting everyone living in our state from discrimination is a Texas value. The lt. governor needs to stop these public threats against an already marginalized & vulnerable population & stop wasting time during the 85th legislative session.” Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Texans through political action, education, community organizing & collaboration.
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