Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
The activities of the Committee on LGBT Issues include working for the adoption of policies and legislation to end all forms of discrimination based on homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in all social institutions and in the public and private sectors.
For information on the latest policy developments affecting LGBT people, please visit our advocacy partner Equality Texas.
Josephine Tittsworth, LMSW, Chair
Monrovia Van Hoose, LMSW
Pamela Salaam, LCSW
Chloe L. Walker, LMSW
Amanda Knight, LMSW
Ann C. Wilder, LCSW
David A. Saenz, LCSW, C-ASWCM
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83rd Legislative Session
The Committee on LGBT Issues has identified the following bills as having implications for the LGBT community:
House Bill 201 by Rep. Rafael Anchia: Supplementary birth certificate of an adopted child
The Health and Safety Code currently requires that when an adopted child has two adoptive parents, the supplementary birth certificate of the child must include one male adoptive parent (a father) and one female adoptive parent (a mother). House Bill 201 by Rep. Anchia amends the Code by removing the requirement for one adoptive parent to be male and the other female, thereby allowing same-sex adoptive parents to be listed on their child’s supplementary birth certificate.
House Bill 226 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson: Prohibition of certain insurance discrimination
The Insurance Code currently prevents insurers from refusing to insure or provide coverage to an individual based on the individual’s race, age, or disability. House Bill 226 by Rep. Thompson expands an individual’s protections from discrimination by preventing insurers from refusing to insure or provide coverage based on the individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
House Bill 238 by Reps. Mike Villareal & Marisa Márquez, House Bill 1146 by Rep. Eric Johnson, and Senate Bill 237 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte: Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression
The Labor Code protects an employee from employer discrimination based on the employee’s race, color, disability, religion, sex, or national origin. House Bill 238 by Reps. Villareal and Márquez, House Bill 1146 by Rep. Johnson, and Senate Bill 237 by Sen. Van de Putte would amend several sections of the Labor Code to prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
House Joint Resolutions 77 & 78 by Reps. Rafael Anchia & Garnet Coleman and Senate Joint Resolution 29 by Sen. José Rodríguez: Repealing discriminatory marriage amendment
Reps. Anchia and Coleman filed House Joint Resolutions 77 and 78 and Sen. Rodríguez filed Senate Joint Resolution 29 to repeal a constitutional amendment added to the Bill of Rights to the Texas Constitution in 2005. The amendment denies same-gender Texans in committed relationships the freedom to marry or enter into a civil union.
House Bill 1300 by Rep. Lon Burnam: Marriage equality
The bill filed by Rep. Burnam would grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages in Texas. It would also repeal the prohibition against legal recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, or similar relationships granted by other states.