The Transgender Education Network of Texas is collecting the testimonies of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex people and their allies and documenting them for everyone to read. Read their stories, words and messages here:
Texas SB 6, our very own bathroom bill, has been assigned to the State Affairs committee. That committee is made of the following senators:
Joan Huffman, D-17 – chair
Bryan Hughes, D-1 – vice-chair
Brian Birdwell, D-22
Brandon Creighton, D-4
Craig Estes, D-30
Eddie Lucio, D-27
Jane Nelson, D-12
Charles Schwertner, D-5
Judith Zaffirini, D-21
Now is the time to start ringing their phones off the hook about our concern for the statewide impact this piece of legislation would have.
I have the following statement as a starting point for forming your own script. Remember succinct is best as you’ll likely be leaving a message with a staffer. Also remember to emphasize that you are contacting these specific senators due to their position of authority on the committee being tasked with considering the bill.
“Seventy percent of North Carolinians believe the similar “Bathroom Bill” passed in their state has had a negative impact on the state’s reputation nationally. Businesses withdrew plans to expand in NC cities costing much needed potential jobs from the region. A recent study from the Texas Association of Business estimates the impact between $964 million and $8.5 billion and more than 100,000 jobs. This analysis should not be dismissed based on the attempts of the state to woo technology companies to the state, which are known to be politically active.
Additionally, it reinforces the trans community as a target for hate and violence, which is already a scary reality for these members of our communities.
The “Texas Privacy Act” may have arisen out of concern for public safety, but it is misguided, dangerous legislation that needs to be rejected.”
Click here for contact information for members of the committee