Like a modern day LGBT Paula Revere Trans women, Marissa Jayne Wolfe waves her pride flags from Michigans UP signaling us of the impending battle. We need this now. We need our LGBT people to come down on these hateful legislators like a ton of bricks and let them know in no uncertain terms KILLING our trans kids is NOT HAPPENING. Stripping HARD earned local ordinances won with our sweat and blood and the inhuman cost of LGBT lives lost is NOT HAPPENING.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued a proclamation today making the special session official giving Texas legislators the go ahead to submit their bills. Amongst the items Abbott wants to be addressed is “Legislation regarding the use of multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing rooms” AKA as a “bathroom bill”.
Texas Representative Scott Sanford inadvertently tipped their hand during a live bathroom bill debate hosted by CBS DFW in Dallas video. Texas right wing “freedom caucus” members are targeting trans youth in a political bid to put a similar bill up for a vote in the US Congress. Edge Media has since reported that a Texas-style anti-transgender law has since hit the national stage last month with the introduction of The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 (HR 2796).
Representative Ron Simmons filed two bills in the Texas House. HB 46 would invalidate LGBT protections enacted by cities, counties, and entities like DART which cover over 5 million Texans.
HB 50 would deny school districts the freedom to enact policies allowing transgender students access to multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities which correspond to their gender expression.
Senator Hall filed SB 23 which is much the same as HB 46.
There is no limit as to how many anti-Lgbt bills can be filled during the special session. According to the Texas Tribune, more than two dozen bills had been filed by 1PM and of those 3 were anti-LGBT.
We’ve reasoned. We’ve educated. We’ve cajoled. We have used every means at our disposal as sentient beings to reach the authors of the hateful anti-LGBT bills. Time for talk is over. It’s time to get loud. It’s time to let them know in no uncertain terms we are not going to take this.
We will be gathering on July 18th, the first day of the Special Session on the steps of the legislature to kick off a day of action. This will be followed by direct action inside the Capitol. At press time there were over 500 people attending the One Texas Resistance Rally and Day of Actionand over a thousand interested. I will be there. Hope to see and hear you too.