We are grateful to learn that the Texas special legislative session came to a close today without passing an anti-transgender bill. This legislation was fundamentally about stigma and violence. As Isa Noyola of the Transgender Law Center explained, those who wanted to pass this legislation did so for the “the same reason why trans women experience violent murders. It is the stigma, it is the hatred against who we are as people.” This hatred has claimed sixteen trans people already this year— all of them trans women of color.
We give thanks for the many people who tirelessly worked to oppose this bill and to stand for the dignity of trans and gender non-conforming people. We want to particularity recognize the on-the-ground work of S. Wayne Mathis, who wrote about her experience last week, and of Katie Sherrod, who wrote op-eds and stood up for the trans community on television.
We remain very grateful for the work of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings in support of the trans and gender non-conforming community. They wrote House Speaker Joe Straus in February, and then again in July urging him to continue standing firm against the bill. Their public witness on behalf of the whole Episcopal Church became part of the media narratives about this debate in Texas, an important reminder to many that there are Christians who stand up for the trans community.
And so we give thanks this night and we prepare to rise tomorrow to continue in the work given us to do, joining others in the ongoing work of transforming the unjust structures of this world and striving toward God’s dream of justice and mercy. The love of God urges us on.
The TransEpiscopal Steering Committee