Legislators this year spent countless hours talking about who should use which bathroom in Texas. But they failed to pass proposals that would restrict where transgender Texans relieve themselves or change clothes, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to add the item to his special session agenda.
During the regular session, lawmakers failed to pass a slew of other bills that the LGBT community said were discriminatory. They did approve one such piece of legislation, House Bill 3859, that will give faith-based adoption and foster care agencies more legal cover to turn away prospective parents for any reason that conflicts with their religion, including sexual orientation or gender identity.
Corporate heavyweights from Amazon to Exxon Mobil lined up against the measure, as did some top law enforcement agencies, and opponents celebrated the latest failure despite the support from the governor and influential social conservatives who drive GOP politics and primaries in Texas.
Today's victory shows what can happen when transgender Americans and their allies stay vigilant and push back against legislation that helps no one and harms many.
--Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD