On March 2, 2009, more than 400 Texans who support the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression met with legislators and their staffs about issues of equality and the effect of public policy on daily lives.
The gathering marked the largest Lobby Day in Equality Texas history, organizers said. An additional 800 e-mails of support were generated via Equality Texas’ Virtual Lobby Day from constituents who were unable to travel to the state capitol, said Paul Scott, Equality Texas executive director.
“We gathered at the Capitol because we value the independent spirit of all to make their way in the world, to be given every chance to take advantage of the opportunities afforded us without discrimination,” Scott said. “We gathered in unprecedented numbers in response to a call that has gone out across Texas and the country—a call that more and more Texans are answering—the call for each and every one of us to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Equality Texas is currently supporting legislation concerning GLBT equality in insurance, health care, employment, adoption, education, and other matters. – by Nancy Ford