Transgender Education Network of Texas
Transgender Education Network of Texas Press Release
Plano Non Discrimination Ordinance Leaves Transgender Texans "Out in the Cold"

Plano, Tx - December 16, 2014 -

     We, the staff and board of Transgender Education Network of Texas are of mixed reaction in regard to news in Plano, Texas about the passage of a NonDiscrimination ordinance. On the one hand, taking steps towards treating all city employees in a fair and just manner based on merits rather than preconceived ideas and prejudice is an act worthy of respect. On the other hand, implementing provisions into that same ordinance allowing nonprofits to continue practicing bigotry in providing services severely undercuts any advance possibly made.

      Findings from the 2010 National Transgender Discrimination Survey as filtered for the state of Texas demonstrate that 26% of Transgender Texans lost a job based on their gender identity/expression, and 17% had become homeless for the same reason. However, the city of Plano has created a situation wherein those who most need services such as shelter and other public accommodations can be turned away, refused service, and ignored or treated badly simply because of who they are.

Further findings shows that in public accommodations and services:

  • 47% were verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation or service,including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies.
  • 23% were denied equal treatment by a government agency or official
  • 16% were denied equal treatment or harassed by judges or court officials.
  • 23% of those who have interacted with police reported harassment by officers
  • 41% reported being uncomfortable seeking police assistance

We are left wondering, what is the real intent of Plano's NonDiscrimination ordinance? To look good on paper, but really do nothing or to just disguise better the injustice already being done?

About Transgender Education Network of Texas
The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) is an organization dedicated to furthering the gender diverse equity in the State of Texas. We work to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through our efforts we strive to halt discrimination through social, legal, legislative and corporate education.


Transgender Education Network of Texas
Katy Stewart,
Executive Director
877.532.6789 ext 700
Board of Directors
Terry Thompkins, Chair
Stephanie Guerra, Vice-Chair
Michelle Stafford, Secretary
Brandon Beck
Sandra Dunn
Oliver Blumer