BREAKING: Human rights campaign urges Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to veto discriminatory ban on anti-trans sports

Today, TX HB 25, discriminatory legislation to ban transgender youth from participating in sports alongside their peers, was officially passed by both houses. The bill is now heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office for signature or veto. If the legislation is signed, Texas would become the tenth state to enact anti-transgender sports ban legislation, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Dakota of the South (by Order in Council), Tennessee and West Virginia. Texas would become the state with the largest LGBTQ + population and the largest economy to pass discriminatory anti-transgender legislation after introducing more anti-LGBTQ + bills than any state in 2021.

During each of this year’s four sessions, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) joined with coalition partners including the Transgender Equality Network of Texas, Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, Lambda Legal and others to oppose these measures. After the passage to the Senate of HB 25, Texas Human Rights Campaign Director Rebecca Marques said:

“If Governor Abbott signs this discriminatory bill, it is endangering the health, safety and very lives of transgender youth in Texas. These vulnerable children are simply trying to navigate adolescence in an environment that lawmakers are making increasingly difficult. There is no appetite for this bill among the majority of Texans – it is simply designed to help Republican lawmakers win the votes of far-right primary voters. A number of states that have passed equally discriminatory and hateful legislation are already facing legal action. Signing this legislation would hurt families and make Texas a less competitive destination for businesses and employees.

It is appalling that Governor Abbott has repeatedly made this a priority and that lawmakers have spent hundreds of legislative hours pushing forward a discriminatory bill targeting transgender youth. Bills that discriminate against LGTBQ + people are opposed by the majority of Texans. And the majority of Texans support priorities the legislature failed to address, like repairing the power grid instead of relentlessly pursuing a radical, politically motivated legislative agenda.

Similar legislation was considered by the House during the ordinary legislative session and the first two extraordinary sessions. Because the passage through the traditional jurisdiction committee, the House Public Education Committee, could not be assured, this session, the bill was sent by the Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies, a committee created by the president. of the Texas House in July expressly to address special priority issues. session invoices.

Texas transgender youth love Adelyne, 12 years old and Libby Gonzales, 11 and their families have spoken out against this dangerous law, telling their stories and talking about the direct harm these bills would do to them if passed.

In Texas and states across the country, lawmakers across the country have failed to provide examples problems in their states to try to justify these attacks on transgender youth, exposing the reality that they are fueled by discrimination and not supported by fact. College and professional sports organizations have had trans inclusion policies for years without incident.

Nationally in 2021, 25 anti-LGBTQ bills were enacted, including 13 specifically anti-transgender laws in 8 states. Over 280 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in 33 states this session, including over 130 specifically anti-transgender bills. Each of these marks set a new record for anti-equality legislation introduced and enacted in a single-state legislative session since the Human Rights Campaign began tracking the legislation.

Wide Range of Business and Advocacy Groups, Athletes Oppose Anti-Trans Legislation

  • More than 150 major U.S. companies have risen up and spoken out to oppose proposed anti-transgender legislation in states across the country. New companies like Facebook, Pfizer, Altria, Peloton and Dell join companies like Amazon, American Airlines, Apple, AT&T, AirBnB, Google, Hilton, IBM, IKEA, Microsoft, Nike, Paypal, Uber and Verizon in opposing these bills. . Four of America’s largest food companies also condemned “dangerous and discriminatory legislation which constitutes an attack on LGBTQ + people, in particular transgender and non-binary people”, and the The Walton Family Foundation released a statement expressing “concern” over the trend towards anti-transgender legislation that has recently become law in Arkansas.

  • Leading national child health and protection groups representing more than 7 million professionals serving young people and more than 1,000 child protection organizations have issued an open letter calling on state lawmakers across the country to s ‘oppose dozens of bills targeting LGBTQ people and transgender children in particular.

  • Nearly 550 college athletes resisted anti-transgender legislationn demanding that the NCAA withdraw championships from states with anti-transportation legislation

Trans Equality Popular: Anti-Transgender Laws Low Priority, Even Among Trump Voters

A PBS / NPR / Marist poll says 67% of Americans, including 66% of Republicans, oppose anti-transgender sports ban legislation that is proliferating in 30 states.

In a survey conducted in 10 states, including Texas, by Human Rights Campaign & Hart Research Group last fall:

  • At least 60% of Trump voters in each of the 10 swing states say transgender people should be able to live freely and openly.

  • At least 87% of respondents in each of the 10 swing states say transgender people should have equal access to medical care

  • When respondents were asked how they prioritize the importance of prohibiting transgender people from participating in sports over other political issues, the question came last, with between 1 % and 3% prioritizing it.

Another more recent poll conducted by the Human Rights Campaign & Hart Research Group found that when it comes to the participation of transgender youth in sports, the strong public inclination is on the side of equity and equality for transgender student athletes. 73% of voters agree that “sport is important in the lives of young people. Transgender youth should be given the opportunity to participate in a way that is safe and comfortable for them.

States that pass anti-transgender legislation suffer economic, legal and reputational harm

Analyzes carried out in the wake of previous anti-transgender bills that divide across the country, such as the toilet bills introduced in Texas and North Carolina and a ban on anti-transgender sports in Idaho, show that ‘there would or have been devastating fallout.

These bills are solutions looking for problems that are driven by national anti-LGBTQ groups, not local lawmakers or Texan concerns.

These bills come from the same forces that drove previous anti-equality fights by pushing copycat bills into state houses – hateful anti-LGBTQ organizations like the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom (designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group) and Eagle. Forum among others.

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