Founded as a counter to the growing influence of the religious right in Texas, the Texas Freedom Network works to bring together faith leaders, young people and communities of color in support of a broad progressive agenda in a changing Texas.
Over the past 25 years, TFN has become a progressive powerhouse with a grassroots network of almost 150,000 supporters across the state. From our organization’s beginning, TFN has been an indispensable partner with allies on the front lines in the fight for LGBTQ equality in Texas. We helped to pass a hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation, to block legislation allowing private business and government officials to use religion as a license to discriminate and LGBTQ people, and to kill a discriminatory “bathroom bill” targeting transgender Texans.
Since the 1990s, TFN has faithfully organized progressive people of faith to advocate for the full inclusion of the LGBTQ Texans – equality before God and equality under the law.
Because our faith convicts us, we strive to maintain and expand freedom and protection for the LGBTQ community. Our faith calls us to oppose anti-LGBTQ legislation, discriminatory religious exemption laws masquerading as “religious freedom,” or any other attempts to treat Texas’ LGBTQ community as second-class citizens.
Teach the Truth -- Sex Ed and the Texas Health Curriculum Standards
For the first time since 1997, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is revising health curriculum standards, including standards on sex education. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course and adopt medically accurate standards that include information on birth control and are inclusive of LGBTQ people.
TFN is at the forefront of this fight, leading a campaign to ensure that Texas schools teach fact-based sex education that gives future generations of students the information they need to make healthy and responsible decisions in their lives. We are currently pushing for school officials to recognize that their classrooms include LGBTQ+ students who need and deserve to learn in a safe environment information that is relevant to their lives and experiences. All students should learn that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In the earliest grade levels, students should learn that some people’s gender matches what their body looks like on the outside and others’ do not. In later grades, provide age-appropriate instruction that helps students understand sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Identify parents or other trusted adults to whom students can ask questions about these topics, and help students learn to evaluate other credible sources of information.
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