Texas legislators on Wednesday passed a sweeping law that allows transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The law is also set to allow transgender people access to gender-affirming surgery, a critical first step toward ending gender dysphoria, a condition in which a person is unsure of their gender and begins to identify as the opposite sex.
The legislation also provides protections for gay men who have sex with men and women who have sexual contact with men.
But LGBT activists say the protections are woefully inadequate and that the legislation, while groundbreaking, is far from perfect.
Here’s a look at what LGBT advocates say is lacking in the bill and why.
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Become one.LGBT rights advocates are hopeful that passage of the bill would lead to the passage of similar protections across the country.
“If this bill passes, there is every chance we could see protections for trans women, trans men, trans women of color, trans lesbians, trans trans people of color and trans people with disabilities,” said Sarah Warbelow, executive director of the Texas Alliance of Pride and Equality, in a statement.
“This legislation will protect our most vulnerable members of our community.”
The bill, known as the “Texas Equal Access Act,” has passed the House by a vote of 219-213.
The Senate is expected to approve it by the end of the month.
But many LGBT advocates have expressed disappointment that lawmakers haven’t moved on to addressing the more controversial and costly bills.
“The legislation is an important first step to protecting the privacy of transgender people in our state, but it is not a perfect law, and there is still much work to do to fix the problems with the legislation,” said Ashley Fox, policy director at Lambda Legal, in an email to The Next Home.
The group says the bill has “too many glaring problems,” including “a flawed transgender policy that fails to recognize the needs of trans people,” and “an overbroad provision that allows discrimination against trans people who do not conform to a narrow gender binary.”2.
The bill would not make a big impact.
Supporters of the legislation say it would have a huge impact on Texas.
But some experts question whether the protections would be enough.
“We have a state that has more than 5,000 trans people per capita, a population of more than 100,000 people, who have been living as the wrong gender for decades,” said Jessica Jensen, the executive director at the Texas Equality Project, in response to the Texas Tribune’s review of the legislative text.
“Many of those people have not been able to access any of the protections that we have.
The protections we have would only apply to the majority of people, and that would be a lot of people.”
The Transgender Law Center, which has been working to change the Texas state constitution to recognize transgender people, has criticized the bill for its lack of specifics on how to address the state’s transgender population.3.
The proposed protections are not sufficient.
The LGBT Law Center points to the fact that the bill does not include any language to address transgender people who are victims of abuse or abuse-related violence.
Instead, it includes a vague language that states that “gender identity is not defined in the law.”
That language, which is not part of the text, makes it unclear how the bill defines gender dysphoric transgender people.
The Texas Constitution defines gender as “the biological sex of a person at birth.”
It also says that gender is “the social construct that is used to determine a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.”4.
The measure will only be effective if passed by the legislature.
Lawrence Schafer, a professor at the University of Houston Law School, told The Next Homelife that he believes the LGBT Law Council, a coalition of trans advocacy groups, will be the main force behind passing the legislation.
The council was formed by the state in 2015 to advocate for the rights of trans Texans and has been a key player in pushing the bill through the legislative process.
Schafer said he believes that the LGBT Council will be able to make significant progress on the legislation if it receives the support of lawmakers.
“We’ve seen the council push back on a lot other bills in the legislature,” Schafer told The Home.
“And this is a big deal.
I think they’re going to get a lot out of this.”5.
The provisions are already under threat.
A number of bills that passed last year in the state Legislature sought to expand transgender rights, but none passed the Legislature.
Instead the House passed SB 1132, which allows transgender students in schools to use restrooms that match their gender identities.
It was vetoed by Gov.
The state Senate also voted in January to approve a similar bill that would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender expression.