We’re excited to be a partner with Equality Texas for Lobby Day on Monday, March 2 — the best possible way we can think of to celebrate Texas Independence Day!
Lobbying is easier than and not as scary as you may believe it to be – it’s simply a one-on-one conversation, in which you communicate the issues that are important to you with the individuals elected to represent you. On Lobby Day, you’ll be able to join hundreds of citizens from across the state to oppose public policy discrimination against Texans and their families based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression — and to support bills that would offer our LGBT friends and family members necessary protections and rights.
Here are the bills currently being considered by the Texas State Legislature (with links showing how the bills are progressing):
House Bill 197, relating to prohibition of insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation;
House Bill 353, relating to health care rights of domestic partners;
House Bill 538, relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression;
House Bill 616, relating to a study regarding the effectiveness of the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act; and
House Bill 861, relating to the authority of certain university systems to provide benefits to certain qualified individuals.
If you’re interested in joining the Atticus Circle lobbying group on March 2, we ask you do two things:
1. Join Atticus Circle — our Texan members receive weekly Atticus Alerts to keep you updated on what’s happening with these bills, as well as to educate you about the legislative process and to let you know specific things you can do to help
2. Once you’ve become an Atticus Circle member, register on the Equality Texas website. When filling out the form, be sure to list Atticus Circle under “organization.” (This page also details the schedule for the March 1 welcome reception and the full slate of Lobby Day activities.)
We encourage you to participate in this very exciting and important part of the legislative process. If you can’t be there with us on the 2nd, the Atticus Alerts (and this blog) will let you know what you can do from home.