,

Texas Governor splashes out on special legislative session to pass anti-trans law

The Governor of Texas has announced plans for a special legislative session he will use to pass an anti-trans bathroom law.

The Texas Legislature, which usually only meets once every two years, recently closed its 2017 session without agreeing an anti-transgender ‘bathroom’ law, which had been a ‘priority’ for Republicans in the state.

Several anti-trans bills had been submitted, but the leadership of the Texas House and Senate had been unable to agree on a final version to pass into law.

In response to the failure, the state’s Governor has this week vowed to hold a special legislative session on the issue – an extremely costly procedure which is intended to only be used for urgent issues and emergency legislation.

Governor Greg Abbott announced a special session yesterday at the Texas State Capitol.

The Governor said: “A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.

“As Governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count.”

This agenda includes passing a so-called anti-trans “bathroom bill” which openly targets and discriminates against transgender Texans for living their lives according to their gender identity.

The so-called “bathroom bill” has already received negative attention as some of the nation’s top business CEOs, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, have denounced any sort of discriminatory, anti-trans legislation.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: “Governor Greg Abbott is proving everything is bigger in Texas including prioritizing discrimination.

“If the governor moves forward with this harmful legislation against trans students, LGBTQ people, businesses, and fair-minded Texans will respond in Texas style – Big.

“Trans Texans have experienced harassment and threats because of this last session and if any anti-trans bills get signed into law, then Governor Abbott’s legacy will be turning Texas into a state known for harming some its most marginalized people.”

The Governor previously said an anti-trans bathroom bill was a “priority”.

What do you think?

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Comments

Leave a Comment Please

Loading…

Comments

comments

British lesbian who has to leave her partner every six months gets huge legal boost

Tom Daley opens up about his first gay bar visit in new Spotify pride playlist