Texas Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Oppose Bill to Revoke LGBT ProtectionsApril 19, 2017 • 10:57 am
HB 2899 singles out transgender Texans for harm; would codify unprecedented level of discrimination into state law
The statement can be attributed to Mayor Steve Adler, Austin; Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston; and Mayor Jess Herbst, New Hope, the first openly transgender state official in Texas. Collectively, these mayors represent more than 3 million constituents.
“As mayors, we are best positioned to make decisions that protect our communities and allow all our citizens to thrive. In addition to creating an unprecedented level of unfair treatment towards people who are transgender, HB 2899 would take power out of the hands of local officials who know what’s best for their constituents. This bill is an insidious piece of legislation that serves no purpose other than to single out transgender people for discrimination in the Lone Star State. It is a threat to our Texan values of freedom, fairness, and individual liberty, and has no place in the state legislature.”
Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition comprised of local officials who support equal protections and fair treatment for all LGBT people. The coalition launched at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January in Washington, DC and currently includes 242 mayors from 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.