Why is THIS Lobby Day SO important for the Texas Transgender community?
HB 538 prohibits employers, employment agencies and labor unions from using an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion or compensation, or from subjecting an individual to different standards or treatment based on that individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
This Bill has been submitted to committee. It’s passage is especially critical since during the present economic downturn transgender people will suffer first and longest. The Texas Legislature only meets Bi Annually and we have momentum for Equality.
Sunday, March 1st
5:30 – 7:30 pm Opening Welcome Reception (Doubletree Hotel Austin -University)
7:30 – 9:00 pm Transgender Caucus (Wildflower Room, Doubletree Hotel)
Monday, March 2nd Lobby Day
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast & Check-In (First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca St.)
9:00 am Press conference on the South Steps
9:30 am Photo Opportunity on the South Steps
10:00 – 11:00 am Lobby Training (Capitol Extension Auditorium, Room E1.004)
11:00 – 12:00 pm Team Lobby Visits
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Equality Texas at First United Methodist Church
1:00 – 2:00 pm Team lobby visits and Constituent visits with your Legislators
2:00 – 3:00 pm Debrief and write thank you letters (Capitol Extension Auditorium, Room E1.004)