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2017 Legislative Activities



SB 6Testimony


March 6, 2017 SB6, "The Bathroom Bill": relating to regulations and policies for entering or using a bathroom or  changing  facility;  authorizing  a  civil  penalty; increasing criminal penalties. NASW/TX Statement on SB 6.



Many forms of discriminatory legislation that will adversely impact LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) clients and colleagues are being introduced in this year’s Texas Legislative Session. This Tuesday, March 7th starting at 8am Senate Bill 6 (SB6), the main anti-transgender “bathroom bill,” will be open for public testimony in room E1.012. Those wishing to speak will get two minutes to testify.  There should be a large crowd that day, so if you plan to come get there early and be ready to stay late.


As highlighted in  NASW/TX’s Statement on SB6, social workers are called upon to be stewards of our Code of Ethics, which includes taking action to eliminate discrimination, oppression, and other forms of social injustice among oppressed, underserved, and underrepresented groups such as transgender people. Below are some ways to take action to  stop SB6 and protect the civil rights, access to appropriate gender segregated facilities, as well as equitable participation in public life among transgender Texans.


  • If you plan to testify, check out the Equality Texas Website. It has some great info on the hearing – both on the issue and details on logistics.
  • Texas Freedom Network (TFN) has a FB event for folks to sign up if they are coming.(Click on Events on the left hand side.)
  • On the day of the hearing TFN will be texting folks with updates, logistics, etc. and anyone can sign up by texting " SB6 "

Lastly, we have heard that there may be individuals there who may find it difficult to listen to the hearing or find themselves triggered by the testimony.  If you’d like to help out but don’t want to testify (or want to testify and still offer additional support) there is an opportunity to provide mental health support to transgender youth and adults who will experience harm from anti-transgender, transphobic, anti-LGBTQI testimony.  The ACLU is creating a safety and safe space plan for the day of the hearing. Sgn up with Brad Pritchett from the ACLU: if you’d like to offer mental health support.


Here are some additional action items:


NASW/Texas Position Papers




NASW Position Papers on Current Issues

The web site of our national office ( has many policy papers available to members. Familiarize yourself with them and use them in discussions with legislators and other public officials. Be an informed advocate for social work and our clients!!

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