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LGBTQ+ Advocates Say Equality Remains 'Stubbornly Out Of Reach' In Texas

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Sixty-four percent of Texans support laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

Yet a new report from Equality Texas details the many obstacles that still remain for nearly 1 million LGBTQ+ individuals living in Texas. What can policy do to change the future of equality in the state? 

As the 86th Texas Legislature deliberates, a number of bills that have been filed aim to protect LGBTQ+ Texans, including SB 1250filed by San Antonio-based State Senator José Menéndez, which focuses on nondiscrimination in employment.

At the same time, 14 religious exemption bills have been filed this session. Advocates are concerned that if passed, these bills and others could provide legal justification for discriminatory practices including allowing people and government agencies the ability to refuse medical care, employment benefits and other services because of a "sincerely held religious belief" or "moral conviction." 

What social, legal and safety issues do LGBTQ+ people experience in Texas? What’s being done on the state and local levels to address their concerns?  



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David Martin Davies is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico.
Raised in San Antonio, Jan Ross is a graduate of UT Austin’s School of Journalism. Before starting at Texas Public Radio, she interned for the News Desk at NPR Headquarters and the network’s mid-day program, Here & Now. She was a member of Texas Standard’s digital-first web team and interned during the newsmagazine show’s launch in 2015. Jan Ross is a Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change Fellow and was selected for the University of Texas System’s Archer Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Described as a “walking Wikipedia,” Jan Ross is interested in all things pop culture and global affairs. Her journalistic interests range from issues of social inequality to media commentary. She enjoys listening to podcasts and live music, traveling, and sharing the next-best shows on TV.