SB 63-106 is a bill that would endorse significant defunding of GLBT Resource Centers in Texas colleges and universities and would furthermore require the colleges and universities with GLBT Resource Centers to spend equal money on "Traditional and Family Values" Centers promoting heterosexuality.
Tell the Texas A&M Senate and the Texas Legislature that:
1. GLBT Resource Centers don't "teach alternative sexual behaviors." (Wayne Christian) They educate others about the prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people face on a regular basis.
2. GLBT Resource Centers aren't "promoting a certain life style and culture" (Wayne Christian) but instead are advocating for equality, acceptance, inclusivity, and affirmation for all people.
3. GLBT Resource Centers don't just serve queer people. They provide many resources to the entire student body.
4. The Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center's mission is in congruence with the Academic Master Plan, Vision 2020, and the Diversity Plan.
5. What has been created is a non-existent, dichotomous "values system" in which being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) has been portrayed as the analog to so-called "traditional and family values." In reality, being GLBT is not a "value," like something learned in a book, "lifestyle," or way of living. To suggest such is insulting. It is a life. It is an immutable facet of one's identity that cannot be deliberately changed. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sexual-orientation.aspx
Furthermore, there is no single definition for "traditional and family values" nor is there any evidence to suggest that GLBT peoples are not capable of having "traditional values" or families.
6. This bill/amendment does not promote "equality." The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community consistently deals with institutional, social, systemic, and political inequality. Providing GLBT Resource Centers is just a small attempt to rectify such significant disparities. Cutting funding for these centers would eliminate invaluable resources on Texas campuses, only intensifying the existing inequality faced by the GLBT community.
Please sign this petition. If you are an Aggie, please include your class year.
The bill can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/3tc6j32
The amendment can be found here: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/amendments/html/HB00001H2143.HTM