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2023 Session Recap

Texas lawmakers pursued dozens of bills affecting LGBTQ people in 2023. Here’s what passed and what failed.

The Legislature banned puberty blockers and hormone therapy for trans kids, restricted the college sports teams trans athletes can join and expanded the definition of sexual conduct to include some drag shows. But a “Don’t Say Gay” provision for schools missed key deadlines.

Members of Austin's LGBT community gather on the steps of the capitol to celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots on June 28, 2017.

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Trans kids banned from recieving puberty blockers and hormone therapy

People gather for the Trans Kids Call for HELP! rally in front of the Governor's Mansion in Austin on March 13, 2022.

Proposed ban on transgender youth updating their gender on birth certificates failed

New financial liabilities for providing or covering transition-related care failed

Restrictions on school discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity fell short

Kids hold flags and wear heart stickers and beads at the AISD "Pride Out!" Party in the Park event at Eastside Early College High School in Austin on Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022.

Some drag performances could fall under new definition of sexual conduct

Drag queen Casady Milan performs at Long Play Lounge in East Austin on June 12, 2021.

Trans college athletes prohibited from joining sports teams that match their gender identity

The Texas Longhorns face the Iowa State Cyclones on March 12, 2022, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bills advancing LGBTQ rights and protection against discrimination got little traction

A parade float passes the Capitol building during the 2022 Austin Pride Parade.

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