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Armand Viscarri, 346-299-6814, media@aclutx.org

March 11, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas – State Representative Jessica Gonzalez and Senator Jose Menendez filed legislation today that would ensure non-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

The following statement can be attributed to Adri Perez, policy and advocacy strategist for the ACLU of Texas:

"All Texans deserve to be treated equally under the law. But unfortunately, there are no state laws explicitly prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. House Bill 3860 and Senate Bill 1540 would provide these state-level protections from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. This legislation would not only help many Texans freely live their daily lives, but it would also help ensure that the Texas economy thrives when it is needed most. As discriminatory bills that target LGBTQ Texans continue to be introduced in the legislature, fighting for comprehensive non-discrimination legislation that protects all Texans is necessary.”