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Texas Lt Gov calls for special legislative session to ban trans teens from playing school sports

Texas Lt Gov calls for special legislative session to ban trans teens from playing school sports
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) is determined to spend taxpayer dollars denigrating transgender student athletes.

The far-right politician is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to call a special session of the legislature in order to pass a bill that would ban trans students from participating in school sports.

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The proposed law died in the state’s House after Democrats pulled out the stops to run out the clock on several pieces of controversial legislation, including the attack on trans youth. Supporters waved the trans flag when the clock struck midnight and the time expired.

Patrick also wants the legislature to take up two other bills. One would prevent towns and cities from using taxpayer funds to pay for lobbyists to represent their interests in the state capitol. Another would punish social media companies for “censoring” Texans.

Abbott rebuffed Patrick’s grandstanding, saying it was premature to say the bills were completely dead for the session and that Republicans should “work together to get important conservative legislation to my desk.”

The internet was quick to point out that Patrick’s interests lay more in attacking teenagers and Twitter than protecting citizens who’ve been battered by the pandemic and severe weather over the past months. While landlords, employers, and working parents suffer, Patrick is focused on 13-year-old gymnasts and Facebook pages.

Patrick is possibly best known outside of the state for his nonstop attacks on the LGBTQ community. A religious right devotee, Patrick has been behind practically every legislative attack and gleefully promoted them in front of the cameras.

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