Momentum in Challenging Times: LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Advances in Texas

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017 • 10:24 am

Great news out of Texas, a strong signal that advocates for LGBT non-discrimination protections can advance even in challenging times: This week a bill to expand employment non-discrimination protections to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression advanced out of the House Committee on Business and Industry, with bipartisan support.

It’s the first time in the Texas Legislature that a bill prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination has advanced out of committee.

The Dallas Voice posits: “Whether or not ENDA passes the House, time spent debating employment non-discrimination is time not spent discussing bathrooms or the “right” to discriminate based on religious beliefs.”

Texas is also considering an array of other anti-LGBT bills this year. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would prohibit transgender people from simply using the restroom, a bill that would block and nullify local non-discrimination ordinances, legislation to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and LGBT people, as well as a bill that allows state employees to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Freedom for All Americans continues to work with our partners in Texas – and we congratulate the step forward on this employment non-discrimination legislation!


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