ATX DSA Queer Coalition
ORGANIZING TO PROTECT OUR LGBTQIA COMMUNITY IN 2017
BY NIKKI REESE AND TAYLOR JONES, CO-CHAIRS OF ATX DSA QUEER COALITION, GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The ATX DSA Queer Coalition formed shortly after the 2017 presidential election in direct response to resulting anti-LGBTQ political legislation and surges in local hate crimes against our community. We are a committee within the rapidly growing Austin, Texas, chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, and we are dedicated to LGBTQIA advocacy and local mobilization efforts. We intend to bring together the actions of our membership base and the ongoing work of local organizations that are already fighting for LGBTQIA rights in Texas.
We welcome all LGBTQIA folks and allies to join us in our meetings and posted events. It is our mission to acknowledge and promote understanding of the intersectionality of racial, religious, environmental, and labor-oriented injustices currently experienced by our LGBTQIA communities.
ATX DSA Queer Coalition meetings occur every second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will take place Wednesday, February 8, 7–8:30 pm at the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU) office (1700 S. 1st Street). We are excited to host Equality Texas Regional Coordinator, Robert Salcido who will be speaking about mobilization strategies for defeating anti-LGBTQIA legislation filed for the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, including:
- Senate Bill 6 (aka the “Bathroom Bill”): This bill, filed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, prohibits transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. The questionable enforceability of this kind of legislation poses a threat to our safety by emboldening citizen policing and violence toward our vulnerable transgender/nonbinary community. Take immediate and persistent direct action by calling these numbers to express your disapproval until the bill is defeated. Texas Lieutenant Governor Comment Line: (512) 463–5342; Texas Lieutenant Governor Office Line: (512) 463–0001.
- Senate Bill 92: This bill, filed by Senator Bob Hall, intends to prohibit any local authority from providing nondiscriminatory LGBTQ protections while also repealing any existing local LGBTQ protections that are broader than state law. Sign and share the petition at this link to defeat this dangerous legislation.
For more information about additional bills filed that threaten the safety of our LGBTQIA community, please review and support the important work done by Equality Texas.
We also encourage you to join us at the capitol on March 20 for Equality Texas Advocacy Day. We’ll be meeting with our representatives about these bills and demanding justice for our community. Please register for this event in advance so we can adequately accommodate everyone involved.