SB29 was the Texas bill that would force transgender athletes to compete as their gender assigned at birth. In other words, athletes would be outed by their coaches and other school officials. The same coaches and school officials charged with safeguarding the privacy of youth. The same coaches and school officials that are expected to treat all students equally. Outing transgender student-athletes would have effectively kept them from participating in sports. No one should have to prove who they are to play sports.

Watching lawmakers draw out the clock last night was epic. They asked questions of each other. And they answered questions as slowly as they could. Meanwhile, LGBTQ+ advocates and allies anxiously watched either from the capitol or from home as the minutes ticked by. We supported each other on Twitter at #TXlege and celebrated when the midnight deadline for the passage of SB29 came and went. Texas House Representatives worked together to make sure SB29 never made it to the floor. And for that, we are eternally grateful. Now we just have to wait it out until May 31st for the official end of this session, a.k.a. sine die.

Of course, some people were not happy to see SB29 die last night. While LGBTQ+ advocates rejoiced this morning, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas asked the Governor to call a June special session to revisit red meat bills like SB29. The Lieutenant Governor claims a majority of Texans in both parties support this bill. That is a lie. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 94% of Democrats, 85% of Independents, and 68% of Republicans support laws to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination. So I want to see the receipts! Where is the Lieutenant Governor getting this false information? ….May 31st can’t come fast enough. Hang in there! It’s almost PRIDE month.

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