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Lege Week 16 Wrap-up: Staying vigilant
Posted on April 30, 2021 at 3:45 pm

It’s been another big week at the legislature. Both chambers again held votes targeting transgender Texans — and there’s still a month left in the legislative session. 

In the Senate

SB 1646 (Perry), which criminalizes parents, doctors, and guardians who provide best-practice, life-saving care for transgender youth, passed the Senate on a partisan vote. 

A big thank you to the Senate Democrats who passionately defended transgender children and their families this week, particularly Senator John Whitmire, Senator Nathan Johnson, Senator Sarah Eckhardt, and Senator Jose Menendez. Thank you for combating misinformation and drilling down to the real impact these bills will have on Texas families. 

The Senate is an important tool to slow legislation and utilize debate to expose these attacks for what they are, but the House is where we have historically killed anti-LGBTQ+ bills. As the pressure mounts all eyes will be on the House to see how they handle these issues. 

In the House

HB 1399 (Krause), which prohibits doctors from providing life-saving care for transgender youth, is currently in the Calendars committee, an extremely powerful committee that decides when or if a bill gets to the House floor. Anti-LGBTQ+ organizations have already called on their members to put pressure on this committee to move the bill. We have to meet them call for call. 

Send a message now to the Calendars committee to combat the misinformation and transphobia being sent their way.

Representative Brian Slaton (R-Royse City) attempted for the sixth time to add an anti-transgender amendment to an unrelated bill. The vote on the amendment failed. These amendments are an under-the-radar way to enact anti-transgender legislation, and we will continue to be vigilant to stop them in their tracks.

Outside the Dome

Members of our community rallied in-person on Wednesday to bring the fight right to the steps of the Capitol. The rally showcased the powerful voices of parents, youth, legislators, and faith leaders right outside legislators’ offices. Our community showed up to protect transgender youth and strongly denounce the lies surrounding these bills. 

We have to keep the pressure on — in two weeks, on May 13, is the deadline for House bills such as 1399 (Krause) to be debated on the House floor. If the bill doesn’t move in two weeks, it dies in Calendars, eliminating that pathway for a ban on healthcare for transgender youth. 

After you’ve sent a message to the Calendars committee you can:

  • Share this link with 5 of your friends so that they can make their voice heard in support of transgender youth
  • Call the Calendars committee and Speaker Phelan and ask them not to let anti-LGBTQ+ legislation like HB 1399 (Krause) hit the floor. Remind them that affirming healthcare for transgender youth is supported by every major medical association and that any care is a joint decision between kids, parents, and their doctors.
    • Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont): (512) 463-0670
    • Calendars Chair: Representative Dustin Burrows (R- Lubbock): (512) 463-0542
    • Calendars Vice Chair: Representative Joe Moody (D- El Paso): (512) 463-0728
    • Representative Tom Craddick (R- Midland): (512) 463-0500
    • Representative Cody Harris (R- Palestine): (512) 463-0730
    • Representative Cole Hefner (R- Mount Pleasant): (512) 463-0271
    • Representative Ana Hernandez (D- Houston): (512) 463-0614
    • Representative Ben Leman (R -Iola): (512) 463-0600
    • Representative Jared Patterson (R- Frisco): (512) 463-0694
    • Representative Toni Rose (D- Dallas): (512) 463-0664
    • Representative Shelby Slawson (R- Stephenville): (512) 463-0628
    • Representative James Talarico (D- Round Rock): (512) 463-0670

 Thank you all for following along and uniting with us as we do everything we can to stop these attacks. It’s been a long, hard session, but we’re in the final stretch. This is where we must be the most vigilant and where the pressure needs to be the strongest. If you haven’t taken action up to this point, this is the time to do so. If you haven’t roped in your friends, chosen family, and Facebook feeds, this is the time to do so. 

Join us for the final push through May so that no families have to leave Texas because of fear for their safety or the safety of their kids. If you attack one Texan, you attack all Texans. Help us make those words a reality and protect transgender Texans today. 

 

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