Texas housing law protects everyone except “Transvestites” and LGB

Texas housing law

Did you know that transgender and gay people are excluded from housing protections by Texas state law? State Rep. Diego Bernal (D), the sponsor of TX HB191 will change Texas law to protect LGBT people in Housing.

I just found out about that by using the Texas State LGBT Law Library. This resource gives us the lowdown on our federally protected legal rights and links to the court cases that provide for it.

Scrolling down you see a link to freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker a national bill tracker. TX HB191 sits on top of that list, a pro LGBT bill.

I have lived in Texas since 1979. Twenty of those years with my legal and authentic name and gender.

I did not know that my landlord could evict me for nothing more than being transgender!

On February 11, 2021 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in a press release  that it will administer and enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) issued a memorandum stating that HUD interprets the Fair Housing Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and directing HUD offices and recipients of HUD funds to enforce the Act accordingly.”

HB 191 is scheduled for a public hearing on March 31, 2021, at 10:30 in room El 026. During that hearing, you can make a public comment.

I support changing the language of the law which explicitly excludes me to say:

(9-a) “Gender identity or expression” means having or being perceived as having a gender-related identity, appearance,
expression, or behavior, regardless of whether that identity, appearance, expression, or behavior is different from that
commonly associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.

(10-a) “Sexual orientation” means the actual or
perceived status of a person with respect to the person’s

Texas House Bill HB 191 has the best chance of any bill that I have seen this session. Which is to say, it most likely will be moved to the calendar committee with a pass recommendation. The Calendar Committee is chaired by a Republican so it’s anyone’s guess as to what happens next.

I know it’s a small victory but it beats getting an eviction notice for being LGBT without fighting for our rights first.

This might be the only our only victory this session, so we need to make the most of it. I hope to see our entire LGBT community in Austin on Wednesday.

If you need a ride I will be leaving Fort Worth early Wednesday morning. Message me, Kelli on the Facebook Planet Transgender page and I will get you there and safely back.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender