Texas legislature fails to add protections for transgender people

Texas legislature fails to add protections for transgender people
Allison V. Smith for CNN

Texas Rep. Garnet F. Coleman has tried to change the state’s hate crime law every legislative session since 2007 to add protections for transgender people.

He had little hope that 2019 would be any different in the Republican-controlled legislature. But with more headlines drawing attention to violence against transgender people, it felt as urgent as ever to try, he said.

“If something’s right, you have to keep trying to do it until it gets done,” he said. “By filing these bills over the years, it gives people who are pro-LGBTQ rights something to organize around.”

One week before the bill’s supporters made their case to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on April 29, a mob yelling hateful slurs assaulted Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender African American woman in Dallas.

Nearly three weeks later, Booker was dead and Coleman’s bill had