The Texas House today blocked a Senate Bill 29 which would have banned transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams on Tuesday. After failing to receive an affirmative vote in the House Public Education Committee, the legislation is unlikely to be passed during this legislative session.
The legislation has received massive pushback from local advocacy groups, as well as national LGBTQ rights groups and sport associations, including the NCAA, which threatened to move future championship games from states where such legislation is enacted. Medical associations have also united in opposition to bills and highlighted the mental health toll of gender dysphoria and social marginalization for transgender individuals.
The House Public Education committee voted 5-6 against the bill’s passage along party lines. It’s failure to get out of committee means that the bill will not receive consideration on the floor. Senate Bill 29 is the first anti-trans Senate bill to get a committee vote in the lower chamber and dampens conservative hopes for the handful of bills that LGBTQ advocates say threaten the rights and mental health of transgender children in Texas. House Bill 1399 is another bill targeting transgender individuals that has recently been making its way through the Texas Legislature. If passed, the bill would prohibit healthcare providers and physicians from performing gender confirmation surgery or prescribing, administering or supplying puberty blockers or hormone treatment to anyone under the age of 18.