On Tuesday, March 7th and stretching into the early morning of Wednesday, March 8th, hundreds of Texans filled the Texas Capitol to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 6, a piece of discriminatory legislation designed to exclude transgender, gender-nonconforming and nonbinary Texans from participation in public settings. This discriminatory "bathroom bill" would deny members of the community the right to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity and would place them in situations that would jeopardize their physical, psychological and emotional well-being.
Despite assurances from the bill's author, Senator Lois Kolkhorst, that the intention of the bill is not to discriminate against transgender Texans, the impact of the bill would undoubtedly put transgender/GNC/NB residents of the state in danger. The first 3 hours of testimony were all invited by members of the committee and included an overwhelming number of anti-LGBTQ activists and organizations, some of which have been declared hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. With invited witnesses that fall into those categories it is difficult to believe this bill's intention isn't discrimination.
Most importantly, the voices of everyday Texans were elevated and we are working to capture those testimonies and place them here. We will continue updating this page with more videos as we convert them. If you testified and want to see your testimony listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the time code of your testimony and we will work to convert it for you.