Texans rally against anti-LGBT bills

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor

Austin—On April 13, at the steps of the state capitol, an estimated 120 Texans came together for Freedom Advocacy Day, to speak out against anti-LGBT bills that have been introduced into the legislature.

“Behind me are hundreds of Texans who have come here from all across the state of Texas because they’re ready for this administration to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Texas,” said Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas.

The event was organized by Equality Texas, and joined by the Human Rights Campaign and Texas Freedom Network.

Participants went to the capital, to speak to state senators and representatives against anti-LGBT bills. In this legislative session, there was a 30 percent increase in anti-LGBT bills, representing more than 20 bills.

“They’re here to share their stories of how discrimination in this state negatively impact their every day daily lives,” Smith said.

State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-Clint, who is openly gay and a supporter of LGBT rights spoke at the rally.

“Today is a day to be brave, to share, to not let people not recognize the negative consequences of these laws, we have to use our stories to make sure these bills not go through,” she said.

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