UTSA students rally against ‘anti-LGBTQ' legislation

Several bills proposed

By Chris Shadrock - Web - News Producer

SAN ANTONIO - College students from the University of Texas at San Antonio joined their cohorts from across Texas Tuesday for a rally against what they said is anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Several bills are currently proposed in Austin.

The "Students Against Hate Rally" was organized by university students in response to several proposed bills they said would not only put LGBTQ Texans in harm's way, but jeopardize the state’s economy.

A recent study showed the state could lose $3 billion if Senate Bill 6 became law.

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SB6 would require people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.

The students said they aren't protesting against any one specific bill, but all of them.

"Students on college campuses make up the LGBTQ community, or are allies of the LGBTQ community,” Rae Martinez said. “(They) do not want their state to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals."

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After several months of silence, Gov. Greg Abbott spoke in support of proposed legislation being considered by the Texas House.

Demonstrations were also held on college campuses in Austin, Edinburg, Houston, and San Marcos.

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