Post submitted by Andrea Segovia, Houston Field Organizer
Since opening offices across Texas earlier this year, HRC has had the pleasure to get to know some incredible, hard working volunteers. Miguel Gomez, who lives in Houston, has become a frequent volunteer at our Houston office.
I first met Miguel at our Houston office opening and since then he’s been at every rally and community event HRC is involved in. He comes to as many phone banks as possible and is always ready to help with data entry. Miguel has shown time and time again his passion in working towards equality for our LGBTQ community here in Texas. He motivates and creates personal connects with other volunteers and people he’s met while representing HRC.
HRC is on the ground in Texas to battle a slate of anti-LGBTQ bills. SB 6 — dishonestly titled the “Privacy Protection Act” — is a bill expressly intended to discriminate against and block facility access for transgender Texans. The bill would overturn non-discrimination ordinances currently providing critical protections in several major Texas cities; further, it would force state agencies, municipalities, public schools and public universities to discriminate against transgender people. By making it illegal for transgender people in Texas to be afforded access to facilities consistent with their identity, it opens them up to increased discrimination and harassment as they simply live their everyday lives.
HRC has opened four offices throughout Texas: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio. We have a team of five organizers working to mobilize our members and supporters against anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Live in Texas and want to get more involved in the fight against discrimination in Texas? Contact HRC Texas Field Manager David Topping for more info.