Esperanza lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Carter, and their 6 year-old daughter, Jayla.
Non-discrimination protections for LGBT people are very important to Esperanza and her family because Carter is transgender.
“We have definitely experienced issues of discrimination because my husband is transgender,” Esperanza said.
“He’s the head of the household; so, whether he has employment, whether he’s being treated fairly, those issues don’t just affect him, it affects our whole family,” she said.
Unfortunately, Carter has experienced discrimination–and ultimately lost a job–because of his gender identity.
“We have definitely experienced issues of discrimination because my husband is transgender.”
“That really impacted us; we lost a lot,” Esperanza said, “All we want–all any family wants–is to be able to at least access the workforce, to at least have that opportunity.”
Esperanza has experienced firsthand how when one member of a family who happens to be gay or transgender isn’t economically secure, it creates a ripple effect.
Person“When Carter isn’t financially secure, our household isn’t secure–our daughter isn’t secure,” she said.
The Browns are working to adopt their daughter permanently and have always made providing for her their top priority.
“I’m your neighbor, and I’m telling you that this is hurting me and my family.”
“Our little girl has been with us since birth and we consider the opportunity to take care of her as a calling from God. She was in a life or death situation, and we were able to help. We look at that as part of taking care of our community, that’s part of why we want to adopt her,” Esperanza said.
As the conversation about non-discrimination laws unfolds around the country, Esperanza hopes that people will be able and willing to listen to others and take in stories of why non-discrimination protections are so important to families like hers.
“I’m your neighbor,” she said, “and I’m telling you that this is hurting me and my family.”
Esperanza originally shared her story as a part of the public education efforts of Texas Wins, which is working to raise awareness about discrimination in the Lonestar state. We’re grateful for Esperanza’s willingness to stand up and share her and her family’s story.