Bill Number: HB 2059
Bill Caption: Relating to an offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Author: Coleman (D-Houston)
Related Bills: None
Committee: Criminal Jurisprudence
This bill proposes to add gender identity and expression to a list of classes of victims that if it is determined by the trier of fact that a person committed certain crimes (arson, graffiti, destruction of property, etc.) against a certain person because of bias or prejudice against the victims then the sentencing judge can order the offender to educational classes to learn to be more tolerant as part of their sentence.
Current law only permits these protections for race, color, disability, religion, national origin or ancestry, age or gender
Texas law provides these 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.