Bill Number: HB 1522
Bill Description: Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Author: Farrar (D-Houston)
Related Bills: None
Committee: Not yet assigned
This bill prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, not including religious institutions that do not accept federal tax dollars, based upon gender identity or expression. It provided methods for civil action and relief via the courts.
Texas law provides protections to groups based on immutable characteristics, such as race, gender and religious affiliation. Sexual orientation and gender identity need to be added to this list of protected immutable characteristics.