Ending Discrimination
Ending Discrimination

In Texas, we embrace hard work, the belief in opportunity for all, and treating others like we want to be treated. Discrimination toward anyone, including gay and transgender people—is out of line with values Texans hold dear.

All Texans should have the rights to provide for themselves and their families, to live in a safe place, and to access public spaces, safely and without fear of losing these rights because of who they are or whom they love. Though we believe that everyone should be treated equally, our laws do not always reflect that belief.

  • Most Texans believe that gay and transgender people should be protected in the workplace and many believe that it’s already illegal to fire someone solely for being gay or transgender. But in Texas, it is completely legal to do just that—terminate an employee, even though that person is performing satisfactorily, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
  • The lack of safety for LGBT Texans in Texas classrooms, public accommodations, health care facilities, and other spaces fosters an un-Texan culture of bias and prejudice.
  • Hardworking Texans who do their job and are working to provide for themselves and their families have no protection from being fired because they identify as LGBT. And this practice puts our state at a disadvantage when attracting and keeping a talented workforce that believes in diversity and equality.

Texas will be at its strongest when discrimination is prohibited in employment, housing, and public accommodations and all Texans are treated fairly and equally.


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HB 96
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Moody
Status: 2/13/17 Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Companions: SB 166, HB 1848 Read Text of Bill
HB 192
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Bernal | Arevalo | Reynolds
Status: 5/6/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Prohibiting discrimination in housing. Read Text of Bill
HB 225
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Johnson, Eric
Status: 5/5/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Prohibiting discrimination in employment. Read Text of Bill
HB 258
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Anchia
Status: 2/13/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting state agency contracting with vendors in states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination. Read Text of Bill
HB 290
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Johnson, Eric
Status: 5/6/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Prohibiting sex discrimination in compensation. Read Text of Bill
HB 494
Introduced: 12/5/16
Authors: Anchia
Status: 2/16/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting state travel to states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination. Read Text of Bill
HB 573
Introduced: 12/12/16
Authors: Thompson, Senfronia | Reynolds
Status: 3/1/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Companion: SB 251 Read Text of Bill
HB 876
Introduced: 1/9/17
Authors: Turner
Status: 2/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting employment discrimination for state contractors. Read Text of Bill
HB 943
Introduced: 1/11/17
Authors: Howard
Status: 2/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Establishing a transgender healthcare advisory committee. Read Text of Bill
HB 1018
Introduced: 1/12/17
Authors: Alonzo | Reynolds
Status: 3/6/17 Referred to Insurance
Prohibiting discrimination in insurance. Read Text of Bill
HB 1534
Introduced: 2/3/17
Authors: Farrar
Status: 3/9/17 Referred to State Affaris
Prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracting. Companion: SB 165 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1663
Introduced: 2/8/17
Authors: Dutton
Status: 3/22/17 Left pending in committee - Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Providing post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Read Text of Bill
HB 1848
Introduced: 2/14/17
Authors: Coleman
Status: 4/24//17 Committee report sent to Calendars.
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Companions: SB 166 and HB 96 Read Text of Bill
HB 2860
Introduced: 3/3/17
Authors: Coleman
Status: 3/31/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents. Read Text of Bill
HB 4101
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Lucio III
Status: 3/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents. Companion: SB 1341 Read Text of Bill
HB 4243
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Hinojosa, Gina
Status: 4/3/17 Referred to State Affairs
Enabling local municipalities to establish policies that allow people to use bathroom or changing facilities matching their gender identity. Companion: SB 1113 Read Text of Bill
HB 4246
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Arevalo
Status: 4/3/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in rights of the elderly. Read Text of Bill
SB 157
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hinojosa | Rodriguez
Status: 1/25/17 Referred to State Affairs
Making changes to statute reflecting legalization of the freedom to marry. Read Text of Bill
SB 165
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Rodriguez | Garcia | Hinojosa | Whitmire
Status: 1/25/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracting. Companion: HB 1534 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 166
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Rodriguez | Garcia | Whitmire
Status: 1/25/17 Referred to Criminal Justice
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Companions: HB 96 and HB 1848 Read Text of Bill
SB 236
Introduced: 11/16/16
Authors: Menendez
Status: 1/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Read Text of Bill
SB 251
Introduced: 11/21/16
Authors: Rodriguez
Status: 1/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Companion: HB 573 Read Text of Bill
SB 911
Introduced: 2/15/17
Authors: Huffman
Status: 5/18/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Providing that the form for a marriage license list the county of issuance, but may not list the name of the county clerk. Read Text of Bill
SB 1113
Introduced: 2/27/17
Authors: Garcia | Rodriguez
Status: 3/7/17 Referred to State Affairs
Enabling local municipalities to establish policies that allow people to use bathroom or changing facilities matching their gender identity. Companion: HB 4243 Read Text of Bill
SB 1160
Introduced: 2/28/17
Authors: Garcia
Status: 3/9/17 Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Prohibiting sex discrimination in compensation. Read Text of Bill
SB 1341
Introduced: 3/6/17
Authors: Garcia | Rodriguez
Status: 3/14/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents. Companion: HB 4101 Read Text of Bill
SJR 44
Introduced: 2/27/17
Authors: Garcia | Rodriguez
Status: 3/9/17 Referred to State Affairs
Constitutional amendment providing for the recognition of equal rights for all people. Read Text of Bill
Opposed Legislation
SB 91
Introduced: 7/19/2017
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 7/21/2017: Left pending in committee - Senate State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" - prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill
SB 3
Introduced: 7/19/2017
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 7/27/2017: House received from the Senate
"Bathroom bill" - prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill
SB 23
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Hall
Status: Filed
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Read Text of Bill
HB 50
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Simmons
Status: 7/20/2017: Referred to House State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" vehicle: Statewide preemption bill prohibiting any school district board of trustees from protecting a class of persons from discrimination with regard to accessing multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities. Take Action Read Text of Bill
HB 46
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Simmons
Status: 7/20/2017: Referred to House State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" vehicle: Statewide preemption bill prohibiting any political subdivision of the state from protecting a class of persons from discrimination with regard to accessing multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities. Take Action Read Text of Bill
SB 2095
Introduced: 3/10/2017
Authors: Hall
Status: 5/18/17: Left pending in committee - House Public Education
Relating to regulation of steroid use by students participating in athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Read Text of Bill
HB 4097
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Cain
Status: 4/3/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Companion: SB 92 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2899
Introduced: 3/6/17
Authors: Simmons
Status: 4/19/17: Left pending in committee - House State Affairs
Committee Substitute: House version of bathroom bill. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 2096
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Hall
Status: 3/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 3856 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 1536
Introduced: 3/8/17
Authors: Campbell
Status: 3/21/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of child welfare services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3859
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Frank
Status: 5/22/17: Passed by the Senate
Providing the providers of child welfare services the ability to discriminate and refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3856
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Rinaldi
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 2096 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3571
Introduced: 3/9/17
Authors: Oliverson
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing a religious exemption from any civil action claiming discrimination, or violation of a municipal ordinance for discrimination, based on any characteristic other than race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2878
Introduced: 3/3/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/29/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing health care professionals the right to refuse to treat patients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2876
Introduced: 3/5/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/29/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing wedding industry professionals and employees the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2795
Introduced: 3/3/17
Authors: Lang
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to County Affairs
Providing county clerks and deputy county clerks the ability to decline to provide a marriage license if doing so conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2779
Introduced: 3/2/17
Authors: Schaefer
Status: 3/27/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing broad-based ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applies to adoption & foster care, employment, housing, marriage-related licensing, ceremonies, and services; sex reassignment, psychological, counseling & fertility services; sex-based dress, grooming, & bathroom access; licensing & accreditation. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 893
Introduced: 2/14/17
Authors: Hughes
Status: 2/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 1923 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 892
Introduced: 2/14/17
Authors: Perry
Status: 4/19/17 Left pending in committee - Senate Health & Human Services
Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 3859 Take Action Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 651
Introduced: 1/27/17
Authors: Perry | Birdwell | Hughes
Status: 2/14/17 Referred to Business & Commerce
Redefines and expands the definition of religious expression, and limits the enforcement of rules, regulations, and policies of state agencies that regulate business, occupation or professional licensing. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 522
Introduced: 1/19/17
Authors: Birdwell
Status: 5/20/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 1813 Take Action Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 92
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hall
Status: 1/24/17 Referred to Business & Commerce
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Companion: HB 4097 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 89
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hall
Status: 1/24/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the state of Texas to refuse to enforce any federal law deemed to violate the Texas Constitution. Read Text of Bill
SB 6
Introduced: 1/5/17
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 3/16/17 House received from the Senate
Prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1923
Introduced: 2/15/17
Authors: Krause
Status: 3/13/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 893 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1813
Introduced: 2/13/17
Authors: Flynn
Status: 05/03/2017: Left pending in committee - House State Affairs
Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 522 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1805
Introduced: 2/13/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/22/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 892 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1362
Introduced: 1/30/17
Authors: Shaheen
Status: 2/27/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting public schools from implementing policies that would allow transgender Texans to use restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 428
Introduced: 11/21/16
Authors: King, Phil | Phillips | Sanford | Murphy
Status: 2/21/17 Referred to Higher Education
Providing religious student organizations an exemption from nondiscrimination policies of public institutions of higher education if such policies do not conform to the student organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief