Read This to Help Trans Kids in Texas

Texas currently has TWELVE anti-trans bills — it’s up to us to stop them and protect trans kids.

An image of the transgender flag with a superimposed outline of Texas on top of it.
Image from American Civil Liberties Union: https://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbtq-rights/transgender-rights/lawmakers-texas-are-returning-capitol-more-anti-trans

I’ll organize each bill into its own subsection here.

**THIS ARTICLE IS ACCURATE AS OF 5/25/2021**

This bill was sponsored by 77 representatives. If you live in Texas, PLEASE use THIS to determine WHO your representative is, and DO NOT RE-ELECT these representatives who are more preoccupied with harassing trans children than making meaningful change.

https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

The sponsors of this bill, listed in alphabetical order, are: Steve Allison, Doc Anderson, Trent Ashby, Ernest Bailes, Trey Bell, Keith Bell, Kyle Biedermann, Greg Bonnen, Brad Buckley, DeWayne Burns, Dustin Burrows, Briscoe Cain, Giovanni Capriglione, Jeff Cason, Travis Clardy, David Cook, Tom Craddick, John Cyrier, Drew Darby, Jay Dean, Jake Ellzey, James Frank, John Frullo, Gary Gates, Charlie Geren, Sam Harless, Cody Harris, Cole Hefner, Justin Holland, Lacey Hull, Jacey Jetton, Kyle Kacal, Ken King, Phil King, Stephanie Klick, Matt Krause, John Kuempel, Stan Lambert, Brooks Landgraf, Lyle Larson, Jeff Leach, Ben Leman, J.M. Lozano, Will Metcalf, Mayes Middleton, Geanie Morrison, Jim Murphy, Andrew Murr, Candy Noble, Tom Oliverson, Chris Paddie, Tan Parker, Jared Patterson, Dennis Paul, Four Price, John Raney, Glenn Rogers, Scott Sanford, Matt Schaefer, Mike Schofield, Matt Shaheen, Hugh Shine, Bryan Slaton, Shelby Slawson, Reggie Smith, John Smithee, David Spiller, Phil Stephenson, Lynn Stucky, Valoree Swanson, Ed Thompson, Tony Tinderholt, Steve Toth, Gary VanDeaver, Cody Vasut, James White and Terry Wilson.

To contact them through twitter, go HERE:

To contact them through their official channels (this is preferred), go HERE:

This bill is currently being considered in the Texas State House Committee for State Affairs, which includes the following members: Chris Paddie, Ana Hernandez, Joe Deshotel, Sam Harless, Donna Howard, Todd Hunter, Phil King, Eddie Lucio III, Will Metcalf, Richard Peña Raymond, Matt Shaheen, Shelby Slawson and John T. Smithee.

To contact these reps on twitter, go HERE:

To contact these reps through official channels, go HERE:

This bill BANS trans-affirming medical care for minors in the state of Texas, INCLUDING PUBERTY BLOCKERS.

The text states, “Sec. 161.702. PROHIBITED PROVISION OF GENDER TRANSITIONING OR GENDER REASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES AND TREATMENTS TO CERTAIN CHILDREN. For the purpose of transitioning a child’s biological sex as determined by the sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous profiles of the child or affirming the child’s perception of the child’s sex if that perception is inconsistent with the child’s biological sex, a physician or other health care provider may not:(1) perform a surgery that sterilizes the child, including: (A) castration; (B) vasectomy; © hysterectomy; (D) oophorectomy; (E) metoidioplasty; (F) orchiectomy; (G) penectomy; (H) phalloplasty; and (I) vaginoplasty;(2) perform a mastectomy; (3) prescribe, administer, or supply any of the following medications that induce transient or permanent infertility: (A) puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty; (B) supraphysiologic doses of testosterone to females; or (C) supraphysiologic doses of estrogen to males; or (4) remove any otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.”

This bill will cause IMMENSURABLE unnecessary suffering for trans people. Preventing trans children from accessing medical care won’t make them cis — it will make them miserable, and sometimes dead.

This bill was sponsored by Steve Toth alone. Comment HERE to tell him (as he’s tagged) that this sponsorship will have consequences.

Also contact him HERE through official channels:

Tell him that he has lost your vote for reelection for focusing on bullying trans children rather than any other legislation during this critical time.

This bill is currently in the Texas State House Committee of Public Health. The members of this committee are Stephanie Klick, Bobby R.D. Guerra, Steve Allison, Liz Campos, Garnet Coleman, Nicole Collier, Jacey Jetton, Tom Oliverson, Four Price, Reggie Smith and Erin Zwiener.

PLEASE tell these committee members in COMMENTS HERE to oppose TX HB2693, and that your vote will depend on it.

Please also contact Texas State House Committee of Public Health members HERE through official channels:

The science does not support these bills. Doctors do not support these bills. They are not grounded in anything but a true hatred for trans people, and an attempt to eradicate us wherever possible. We just want to live in peace.

TX HB3455 explicitly removes protections under education code from trans students. It also explicitly bans having co-ed sports teams for many sports, “A school district or open-enrollment charter school may not sponsor or authorize an athletic team for cross-country, golf, swimming, tennis, track-and-field, or wrestling that is designated for participation by both male and female students.” According to this bill, gender of a student will be determined by their birth certificate.

This bill is sponsored by James White alone.

Comment HERE, where James White is tagged, to let him know that his sponsorship of this bill WILL affect your vote come his campaign for reelection.

Please also contact him through official channels to tell him you, as a constituent, do NOT want bills like this.

This bill has currently been referred to the Texas State House Committee on Public Education. This committee is made up of: Harold V. Dutton Jr., J.M. Lozano, Alma Allen, Steve Allison, Keith Bell, Diego Bernal, Brad Buckley, Mary E. Gonzalez, Dan Huberty, Ken King, Thresa Meza, and Gary VanDeaver.

PLEASE tell these representatives to OPPOSE TX HB3455. Tell them that their decisions here WILL make a difference for your vote when they are up for reelection.

Contact them through twitter HERE:

Contact them through official channels HERE:

This bill would add this text to the Texas State legal definition of child abuse: “(i) administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment; or (ii) performing or consenting to the performance of surgery or another medical procedure on a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.”

This actively CRIMINALIZES guardians or medical professionals who seek trans-affirming care for trans children, INCLUDING PUBERTY BLOCKERS, which have been proven safe and reversible for decades.

This bill is hateful, and intended to eliminate trans people — even by attrition. Preventing trans children from accessing trans medical care will NOT give you cis children, it will give you miserable children, and it will give you dead children. There is no medical or scientific support for bills such as this. The overwhelming majority of both the scientific AND the medical establishment support trans-affirming care, and have spoken out against bills such as this. It is indefensible. This bill was sponsored by Cole Hefner, Jeff Cason, Jay Dean, Jacey Jetton, Phil King, Tom Oliverson, Jared Patterson, Bryan Slaton, Tony Tinderholt and Cody Vasut.

PLEASE tell these representatives that their sponsorship of this bill, unfounded in science, opposed by medicine, WILL damage their careers. Tell them by commenting here that your vote will NOT go to them for reelection due to their anti-trans agendas.

Contact them on twitter HERE:

Please contact them through official channels HERE:

This bill is currently in the Texas State House Committee of Public Health. The members of this committee are Stephanie Klick, Bobby R.D. Guerra, Steve Allison, Liz Campos, Garnet Coleman, Nicole Collier, Jacey Jetton, Tom Oliverson, Four Price, Reggie Smith and Erin Zwiener.

PLEASE tell these committee members in COMMENTS HERE to oppose TX HB4014, and that your vote will depend on it.

Please also tell them through official channels HERE:

TX HB4042 is a bill that separates sporting events based on sex on a student’s birth certificate. It is sponsored by Cole Hefner, Candy Noble, Shelby Slawson, Valoree Swanson, Trey Bell, Cody Harris, Jacey Jetton, Will Metcalf, Jared Patterson, Reggie Smith, David Spiller, Ed Thompson, Cody Vasut and James White.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE to tell your tagged representatives that their sponsorship of TX HB4042 will impact your vote when they are up for reelection. Tell them that you do NOT tolerate their anti-trans legislation.

Please also contact them through official channels HERE:

This bill has currently been referred to the Texas State House Committee on Public Education. This committee is made up of: Harold V. Dutton Jr., J.M. Lozano, Alma Allen, Steve Allison, Keith Bell, Diego Bernal, Brad Buckley, Mary E. Gonzalez, Dan Huberty, Ken King, Thresa Meza, and Gary VanDeaver.

PLEASE tell these representatives to OPPOSE TX HB4042. Tell them that their decisions here WILL make a difference for your vote when they are up for reelection. Tell them that you do NOT want attacks against trans people and that they should focus on actual issues.

Please also contact them through their official channels HERE:

This bill would mandate that all schools receiving state funding (including Universities) MUST determine eligibility for athletics based on student’s birth certificates. It was sponsored by Cole Hefner alone. PLEASE comment HERE and tell him this has lost your vote.

Please also tell him through official channels HERE:

This bill has currently been referred to the Texas State House Committee on Public Education. This committee is made up of: Harold V. Dutton Jr., J.M. Lozano, Alma Allen, Steve Allison, Keith Bell, Diego Bernal, Brad Buckley, Mary E. Gonzalez, Dan Huberty, Ken King, Thresa Meza, and Gary VanDeaver.

PLEASE tell these representatives to OPPOSE TX HB4043. Tell them that their decisions here WILL make a difference for your vote when they are up for reelection.

Comment HERE where they are tagged and tell them you do NOT want anti-trans legislation.

Also contact them through official channels HERE:

This bill is extremely dangerous for trans people because it EXPLICITLY prevents local governments from creating business regulations, which opens a wide door for conversion therapies. In the words of TX HB610, “The purpose of this Act is to provide a judicial remedy to ensure that a state license holder has the right to engage in an occupation or business activity authorized by and regulated under state law without burdensome or inconsistent local regulation of the state license holder’s occupation or lawful business activities.”

This bill is sponsored by Valoree Swanson, Briscoe Cain, and Cody Vasut.

Please comment HERE to tell them that their sponsorship of this legislation WILL impact your vote when they are up for reelection.

Also please tell them HERE through their official channels:

This bill was sent to the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee, where it was returned with a recommendation of passing. It will next be voted on in the Texas House. https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

PLEASE use this tool to find your rep and TELL them to OPPOSE TX HB610.

Also please, PLEASE contact the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and tell them to OPPOSE TX HB610.

This bill is EXCEPTIONALLY DANGEROUS for trans people and those who care about us, as it literally defines trans-affirming medical care (INCLUDING PUBERTY BLOCKERS, which have been proven safe and reversible FOR DECADES) as CHILD ABUSE.

In the words of TX HB68, “(B) subject to Paragraph ©, includes the following acts by a medical professional or mental health professional for the purpose of attempting to change or affirm a child’s perception of the child’s sex, if that perception is inconsistent with the child’s biological sex as determined by the child’s sex organs, chromosomes, and endogenous hormone profiles: (i) performing a surgery that sterilizes the child, including castration, vasectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, penectomy, phalloplasty, and vaginoplasty; (ii) performing a mastectomy; (iii) administering or supplying any of the following medications that induce transient or permanent infertility: (a) puberty-blocking medication to stop or delay normal puberty; (b) supraphysiologic doses of testosterone to females; or © supraphysiologic doses of estrogen to males; or (iv) removing any otherwise healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.”

Criminalizing trans-affirming health care will NOT protect kids. It will force trans kids to attempt dangerous and unregulated treatments to ease their dysphoria. It will not give you cis children, it will give you dead children.

This bill has 43 sponsors, listed here: Trey Bell, Candy Noble, Tan Parker, Steve Toth, Doc Anderson, Keith Bell, Kyle Biedermann, Brad Buckley, Briscoe Cain, Jeff Cason, David Cook, Jay Dean, Jake Ellzey, Sam Harless, Cody Harris, Cole Hefner, Justin Holland, Phil King, Matt Krause, Jeff Leach, Ben Leman, J.M. Lozano, Will Metcalf, Mayes Middleton, Andrew Murr, Tom Oliverson, Jared Patterson, Dennis Paul, John Raney, Scott Sanford, Matt Schaefer, Matt Shaheen, Bryan Slaton, Reggie Smith, John Smithee, David Spiller, Phil Stephenson, Lynn Stucky, Valoree Swanson, Tony Tinderholt, Cody Vasut, James White and Terry Wilson.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE and tell your reps that you will remember their sponsorship of this bill when they are up for reelection. Tell them that you do NOT want TX HB68, or any other bill harrassing and endangering trans children.

Please also contact them through their official channels HERE:

This bill is currently in the Texas State House Committee of Public Health. The members of this committee are Stephanie Klick, Bobby R.D. Guerra, Steve Allison, Liz Campos, Garnet Coleman, Nicole Collier, Jacey Jetton, Tom Oliverson, Four Price, Reggie Smith and Erin Zwiener.

PLEASE tell these committee members in COMMENTS HERE to oppose TX HB68, and that your vote will depend on it.

Also please contact them through their official channels HERE:

The science does not support these bills. Doctors do not support these bills. They are not grounded in anything but a true hatred for trans people, and an attempt to eradicate us wherever possible. We just want to live in peace.

TX SB1148, in its own words: “(f) Subject to Subsection (g), a person required to file a birth certificate under this section shall ensure the biological sex of a child, as determined by the sex organs, chromosomes, or endogenous profiles of the child, is listed in the……appropriate space on the child’s birth certificate. A person required to report a birth under this section shall report the child’s biological sex to the local registrar, and the local registrar shall list the biological sex in the appropriate space on the birth certificate.”

This bill is sponsored by Charles Perry alone. Please contact him HERE to tell him that his sponsorship of this bill will have consequences for his career, and that you do NOT want anti-trans laws.

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=28

This bill has been referred to the Texas State Senate Committee on State Affairs. PLEASE tell these representatives to OPPOSE TX SB1148. This Committee is made up of the following members: Bryan Hughes, Brian Birdwell, Donna Campbell, Bob Hall, Eddie Lucio Jr, Jane Nelson, Beverly Powell, Charles Schwertner and Judith Zaffirini.

PLEASE tell these representatives to OPPOSE TX SB1148. This bill does nothing but hassle trans people, and our representatives are wasting their time on hate when they could be solving genuine issues of the people.

More contact info can be found here:

https://senate.texas.gov/cmte.php?c=570

TX SB1646 is a heinous bill that seeks to add trans-affirming medical care to the Texas legal definition of child abuse. Make no mistake. This bill will kill children.

This bill is on RED ALERT. As of 4/28/21, it passed the Texas Senate and has moved on to the House.

As of 5/03/2021, it has been referred to the Texas State Committee of Public Health.

In the words of the bill, “(xiv) administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administration or supply of, a puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment; or (xv) performing or consenting to the performance of surgery or another medical procedure on a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment,” would be legally defined as child abuse in Texas.

This bill has PASSED THE STATE SENATE and is now in the hands of the House. It is absolutely CRITICAL that you CONTACT these reps and tell them to OPPOSE TX SB1646. PLEASE find out who represents you HERE and contact them.

https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

All Texas House members can be viewed and contact info can be found HERE:

Tell these representatives that TX SB1646 is NOT what you want from your representatives and that their vote on this bill will impact your future vote.

PLEASE help draw attention to these reps about trans issues, how medical groups are UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED to legislation such as this, and how laws like this will NOT protect kids — it will kill them. PLEASE FLOOD these representatives’ inboxes about this issue.

In addition, it is important to tell the sponsors of this bill that anti-trans bills such as TX SB1646 are NOT appreciated. The sponsors of this bill are Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton, Bob Hall, Kelly Hancock, Bryan Hughes, Angela Paxton, Charles Perry, Charles Schwertner, Drew Springer, Larry Taylor and Lois Kolkhorst.

Contact these reps HERE:

These anti-trans bills are UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED by medical professionals. You are not protecting children, you are harming them.

PLEASE contact the Texas State Committee on Public Health ESPECIALLY. They can be found HERE:

TX SB29 requires that any public-funded school must separate athletic activities based on “biological sex”, which it determines as being determined by birth certificates of students. This bill was PASSED through the Texas State Senate already. It was ALSO recommended by the House Committee of Public Education.

These are the sponsors of this bill. PLEASE tell them that this sponsorship will have consequences for their careers and that you as a constituent do NOT want anti-trans bills. Remember these names and do not reelect them to their seats. Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton, Bob Hall, Kelly Hancock, Bryan Hughes, Lois Kolkhorst, Jane Nelson, Robert Nichols, Angela Paxton, Charles Perry, Kel Seliger, Drew Springer and Larry Taylor.

Contact Texas State Senators HERE:

This bill has now been FAVORABLY RECOMMENDED by the Texas State House Committee on Public Education. Please tell THESE members that this was a poor decision and you WILL remember that when they are up for reelection:

This committee is made up of: Harold V. Dutton Jr., J.M. Lozano, Alma Allen, Steve Allison, Keith Bell, Diego Bernal, Brad Buckley, Mary E. Gonzalez, Dan Huberty, Ken King, Thresa Meza and Gary VanDeaver.

This bill is now in the hands of the Texas State House. They MUST be told NOW to oppose this bill, before it is too late. The link above gives contact information for ALL TEXAS HOUSE REPS.

Find out YOUR representative HERE:

https://house.texas.gov/members/find-your-representative/

TX SB373 mandates schools receiving public funding restrict athletic teams based on “biological sex” based on student’s birth certificates. It is sponsored by Charles Perry and Drew Springer. PLEASE contact them to say you do NOT want anti-trans bills.

This bill is currently being considered by the Texas House Committee of State Affairs. PLEASE tell THESE representatives to oppose TX SB373 and other anti-trans legislation: Bryan Hughes, Brian Birdwell, Donna Campbell, Bob Hall, Eddie Lucio, Jane Nelson, Beverly Powell, Charles Schwertner and Judith Zaffirini.

TX SB373 is unnecessary legislation that places undue burden on schools.

Please tell your reps HERE:

I am a disabled binary trans man who primarily writes about feminism, queer history, trans issues, science communication, healthy masculinity and public health.

I am a disabled binary trans man who primarily writes about feminism, queer history, trans issues, science communication, healthy masculinity and public health.