Friday, January 05, 2018
What A Difference A SB 6 Free Year Makes!
We made multiple trips to Austin to talk to legislators. We waited hours to testify in in hearing rooms that were standing room only at some points until others were opened to handle the overflow crowd of Texans from across the state determined to have their 2 minutes to testify against this waste of legislative time in the Senate SB 6 hearing.
Police chiefs across the Lone Star State spoke out against it along with business leaders. Progressive pastors spoke up to counter the white fundamentalist ones in favor of oppressing trans Texans. Parents of transgender kids and our allies.
Thanks to these two Texas Lege grownups, SB 6 never got a hearing in the House, and far right Republicans, upset about that development, floated a substitute bill that did get a hearing.
Once that happened, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work on killing SB 6, now renumbered as SB 3 in its revived attempt by Patrick and Kolkhorst to pass it during the Special Oppression Session.
Just as in the regular session, the Texas trans community handled its business and said in a collective loud voice NO to SB 3, and repeated that NO during the Senate hearing held for it.
But the bottom line is a year later, SB 6 is still dead, and we have a chance to punish at the polls all who attempted to push through that legislative oppression.
And the most important thing to point out is the Texas trans community won. We stopped SB 6 and it NOT law in the Lone Star State.