Texas healthcare bill opposed by LGBTQ+ advocates.
A Texas State Capitol bill that prohibits healthcare for the transgender youth faces protests from the LGBTQ+ advocates. The All In For Equality Coalition hosts a day-long rally against Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 1686. The event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and continue all day. The rally intends to pack the Capitol with advocates and allies.
Faith leaders aim to hold a sing-in outside the Texas House Chamber. The rally responds to the House Public Health Committee advancing Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 1686 in mid-April. Senate Bill 14, authored by Republican State Senator Donna Campbell, impacts the state’s doctors and transgender youth they treat. It requires the Texas Medical Board to revoke the license of a physician who provides trans care and prohibits the use of public funds for such care.
Initially, Sen. Campbell proposed the bill to permit trans children who had started receiving treatment. However, that was amended after senators voted to remove the provision. Both House and Senate bills have faced public resistance. LGBTQ+ advocates and allies will continue their fight to protect the healthcare rights of the transgender youth by hosting a peaceful rally.
The protesters seek to highlight the plight faced by transgender children, who rely on healthcare providers for their wellbeing. The bill’s passage will severely impact the healthcare sector in Texas and could have adverse effects for the transgendered community. Advocates and allies believe that bills like Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 1686 are unconstitutional and violation of human rights. Therefore, they will continue making a case against the controversial legislation.
Despite facing opposition, the bill still has several supporters, who believe that it is imperative to ban all transgender healthcare in Texas. The public is closely watching the situation, and the outcome of the protests will significantly impact the future of transgender healthcare in the state. As the demonstrations continue, LGBTQ+ advocates and allies hope for progress and a positive outcome.