Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Texas. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Equality Texas to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Texas, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • Nondiscrimination policies for state employees
  • Ability to change gender marker on birth certificate
  • Nondiscrimination protections in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • State is unclear regarding surgical/clinical requirements and/or may require a court order to change gender marker
  • State law does not require publication of name change announcement
    • However, there are additional restrictions and/or requirements for individuals with a criminal record
  • Hate crime law covering sexual orientation only

Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • Law banning best practice medical care for transgender youth
  • State employees do not receive transgender iInclusive health benefits
  • There are no protections against discrimination in housing, credit/lending, jury service, or public accommodations for LGBTQ+ people
  • Hate crime law does not cover gender identity
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • Gov. Abbott has attempted to institute a ban on gender-affirming medical care, though no law has officially been enacted state agencies have been directed to follow this order
  • No adoption or foster care nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
    • State explicitly permits state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBTQ+ people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious belief
  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws covering LGBTQ+ students
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • State law prevents transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • No gender neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificates
  • State law censors discussions of LGBTQ+ people or issues in school (i.e., “Don’t Say Gay or Trans”)
  • State law prevents transgender students from using school facilities consistent with their gender
  • State law bans schools and districts from passing LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination and/or anti-bullying policies