HRC Texas

HRC Continues to Work for Equality in Texas

By chris lindsey & Liz Rodriguez | 2015 Federal Club Co-Chairs

By chris lindsey & Liz Rodriguez | 2015 Federal Club Co-Chairs

When people think about the work that HRC does to further LGBT equality, they often think about their efforts in Washington DC, or at the national level. It is true that HRC has been – and will continue to be -- a strong voice for our communities on the national stage, but they also do a lot of work right here in Texas.

For years, HRC has worked in concert with organizations on the ground in Texas, like Equality Texas, Texas Freedom Network and others, to further the cause of equality. Whether it is trying to shape legislation in Austin or fighting for municipal non-discrimination efforts, like Houston’s HERO, HRC is right there, working side-by-side to make the changes we need.

Right now, there are more than 20 pieces of legislation floating around Austin that would do grave damage to the LGBT communities. Bills aimed at overturning local non-discrimination ordinances that include LGBT protections; bills that would penalize any state employee who facilitates a same sex wedding; bills that would criminalize transgender bathroom usage; and bills that would legalize discrimination in the name of “religious freedom.”

There is a lot of work yet to be done in Texas and HRC is dedicated to sticking with the fight. Together with so many committed and talented people and organizations on the ground across the state of Texas, we know that we will be successful. And we are so proud to work alongside all of you!

At a recent gala in Houston, HRC showed a video that encapsulated the work that HRC is doing here in Texas.  We hope you will take a few minutes to watch it and learn about the efforts that HRC has underway right here in Texas!