AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House voted today to advance Senate Bill 14, which will ban evidence-based, life-saving health care for transgender adolescents in Texas.
S.B. 14 bans puberty blockers and hormone therapy, which have been used and proven to treat gender dysphoria for decades.
Hundreds of Texans came to the State Capitol on May 2 to oppose the bill banning essential health care for trans youth — and were met with violence and arrests. The All in For Equality coalition condemned the clearing of the Capitol by authorities.
The bill passed the Texas House late Friday evening by a vote of 92 to 48.
The following quote can be attributed to Ash Hall (they/them), Policy & Advocacy Strategist at the ACLU of Texas:
“This is a dark day in Texas. Our legislature has turned its back on science, parents, and the safety and lives of children. Our hearts break for transgender young people in our state who have repeatedly been attacked by their own government for callous political gain. This legislation is vicious, it’s cruel, and it’s blatantly unconstitutional. The bigotry and discrimination in this bill will not stand up in court and it will not stand the test of time. Transgender people have always existed and always will, and the vast majority of Texans do not support harming them or cutting off this life-saving health care.”
The following quote can be attributed to Emmett Schelling (he/him), Executive Director, Transgender Education Network of Texas:
“The violence our community faced for standing up against discrimination was heinous, but not surprising. The Texas Legislature and DPS are upholding decades old hate. We are as resilient as our trans elders, and we are continuing the fight. Our movement is led by trans people of color, like the people who were directly harmed on May 2nd. We’re fighting for trans kids; we’re fighting for trans lives. We will not be moved, we are standing strong and are here to stay. Texas is OUR home, the Texas Legislature works for US. Thousands came out against hate, and we’ll keep coming until we live in a Texas where trans folks are safe from discrimination.”
The following quote can be attributed to Ricardo Martinez (he/him), CEO at Equality Texas:
“I am beyond angry that we must keep showing up to defend the dignity, privacy and liberty of our neighbors. Banning health care that literally saves lives should not be an option. The public debate about the value of our lives is not legitimate and it is out of touch with true Texas Values. This is part of a nefarious plan to eliminate us from public life. But it won’t work. We will not stop fighting for our rights. Not now, not ever.”
The following quote can be attributed to Sarah Warbelow (she/her), Legal Director for the Human Rights Campaign:
“Ill-informed and ill-intentioned politicians are prohibiting Texas parents from accessing best practice medical care for their children. S.B. 14 will be devastating to trans youth and their families - and it’s just the first of the many anti-LGTBQ+ bills that Texas lawmakers are working to pass. When this bill becomes law, Texas families will be banned from accessing medically necessary, safe, age-appropriate health care backed by decades of research and supported by the entire American medical establishment. Legislators are sending a clear message that Texas is not a safe place for LGBTQ+ people. We will not stop fighting these discriminatory measures.”
The following quote can be attributed to Shelly Skeen (she/her), Senior Attorney, Lambda Legal:
“Texas legislators seem hell-bent on the targeting of transgender Texas youth, their families, and their doctors. It was not enough to threaten parents with charges of child abuse for following their doctor’s orders, but now they want to block access to all medically necessary care against well-established standards, peer reviewed research, and the advice and recommendations of every major medical association. This bill risks the health, well-being, and very lives of trans adolescents in the Longhorn State. First and foremost, Texas legislators need to listen to transgender adolescents, their families and their doctors instead of passing discriminatory laws that endanger our community. Trans youth in Texas deserve protection from legislators, not harm that endangers their futures.”
The following quote can be attributed to Marti Bier (they/them), Vice President of Programs at Texas Freedom Network:
“I am floored by the cruelty and moral hypocrisy of this bill. Access to transgender health care can be lifesaving for transgender youth; this evidence-based health care is supported by every major medical association nationwide. Still, members of our State Legislature are determined to insert themselves in the private health decisions made between loving, affirming families and their trusted medical providers. This has been a devastating day for our community and the families this bill will undoubtedly displace or tear apart. We will never stop fighting alongside our partners to create a future where transgender youth, adults, and their families are safe and free to exist in their own home state.”
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