There is a possible attempt to amend the school finance bill, HB 21, to add bathroom bans and other discriminatory language. Call your representative and tell them to keep discriminatory amendments out of the school finance bill! The link below will tell you who to call.
Click on the Equality Texas link below to learn about the proposed “religious refusal” discrimination and how to take action against it.
URGENT CALL TO ACTION! The following anti-LGBTQ amendments have been filed and will be voted on the House Floor this Thursday, April 6th. Let the authors (see below) of these amendments know that these back-door attempts to sneak discriminatory legislation through will NOT work. Call your reps and demand that they oppose these amendments and their harmful implications for our LGBTQ communities. Use this link to determine your state representative: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx. See the scripts provided beneath the amendments listed for ideas of what to say:
512-463-0572 Swanson 851131: trans bathroom ban (SB 6) http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/amendments/prefiled/pdf/SB00001H2_851131.PDF
512-463-0542 Burrows 851231: state-paid travel ban to CA in response to CA’s state-paid travel ban to states that discriminate against queer folks http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/amendments/prefiled/pdf/SB00001H2_851231.PDF
512-463-0733 Cain 851080: no funds for LGBTQ cultural competency training in HHS Committee http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/amendments/prefiled/pdf/SB00001H2_851080.PDF
512-463-0733 Cain 851105: surgery ban for transgender inmates http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/amendments/prefiled/pdf/SB00001H2_851105.PDF
512-463-0594 Shaheen 850967: no funds for cultural competency training in HHS Committee http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/amendments/prefiled/pdf/SB00001H2_850967.PDF
SCRIPT TO USE WHEN CALLING YOUR REPS: Hello, my name is ___________________ and I am constituent of Rep _________________. My address is ____________________. I am calling to ask Rep ____________________ to oppose the following anti-LGBTQ and discriminatory amendments: 851131 – authored by Swanson, 851231 – authored by Burrows, 851080 & 851105 – both authored by Cain, and 85096- authored by Shaheen. It is important that our budget works for all Texans and that the safety and interests of our LGBTQ community is among the highest priorities held by your office.
SCRIPT TO USE WHEN CALLING AMENDMENT AUTHORS: Hello, my name is _______________ and I am calling to demand that Rep __________________ pull their amendment(s)_____________. These back-door attempts to push discriminatory and anti-LGBTQ legislation through the amendment process are unacceptable. I am a voting member of the LGBTQ community and will work to only support and elect representatives that serve the interests, safety, and rights of all Texans. Thank you.