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Transgender Education Network of Texas
Founded2002, Austin, Texas, United States
Focustransgender educator
Area served
United States
MethodCampaigning, Advocacy
Websitewww.transtexas.org

The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) is an organization that works to further gender diversity equity in the U.S. state of Texas.[1] As of 2016, the organization was registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the United States. [1]

Work[edit | edit source]

The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) was founded in 2002 as the Austin Transgender Ordinance Initiative.[2] TENT's main work is in education, advocacy, and empowerment,[1] and works in both public and private forums within each of these tiers in order to prevent discrimination against transgender, non-binary, and intersex people in Texas. It also supports pro-transgender legislation in Texas.[3]

TENT is a member of the Austin GLBT Chamber of Commerce.[4] Community advocacy work includes working in partnership with other organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, Anti-Defamation League of Central Texas, Equality Texas, Human Rights Campaign and the Texas Freedom Network.[5]

In addition to offering "cultural competency" seminars, workshops and presentations itself to a variety of organizations,[1] TENT has also collaborated with other research and education initiatives. One such research collaboration aimed to understand and improve the education of transgender-related health topics within Texas nursing programs' curricula.[6]

One of the organization's primary focuses has been collecting the testimonies of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people and their allies in Texas.[1] Many of these testimonies were collected specifically in reaction to the proposal of Texas SB6, a "bathroom bill" intending to limit bathroom access based on the sex listed on one's birth certificate. The organization maintains a record of testimony provided to the Texas State Senate's committee of State Affairs regarding SB6 by transgender, non-binary, and intersex people and their allies on its website.[7][8]

In March 2018, as part of a coalition with other Texas LGBTQ groups, ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, and Lambda Legal, created an online portal called TxTransKids.org, designed to provide support network and resource center for elementary and high school transgender students and their families.[9]

Nashville controversy[edit | edit source]

On May 21, 2018, members of the TENT as well as the Transgender Law Center were "denied service" at the Elliston Place IHOP in Nashville, Tennessee.[10][11] The IHOP issued an apology.[10][11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Transgender Education Network of Texas". Transgender Education Network of Texas. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. Marloff, Sarah (14 April 2017). "The State of Trans Health Care". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. Auping, Alicia (July 19, 2013). "Eleven Dallas LGBT Movers and Shakers". Dallas Observer. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. "Transgender Education Network of Texas". Austin GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  5. "Broad Coalition of Policy Experts, Advocates Warn of Consequences of Anti-LGBT Bills in Texas". ACLU of Texas. ACLU of Texas. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. Walsh, David; Hendrickson, Sherry Garrett (1 June 2015). "Focusing on the "T" in LGBT: An Online Survey of Related Content in Texas Nursing Programs". Journal of Nursing Education. 54 (6): 347–351. doi:10.3928/01484834-20150515-07.
  7. "Stop SB6". Transgender Education Network of Texas. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  8. Planas, Roque (26 July 2017). "Texas Senate OKs Trans Bathroom Restrictions". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (29 March 2018). "LGBTQ Rights Groups Launch Resource Hub for Transgender Youth". Targeted News Service. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 McGauthy, Lauren (May 22, 2018). "Transgender activists say they were gawked at, denied service at Nashville IHOP". Dallas News. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Allison, Natalie (May 22, 2018). "Transgender activists with service dog say they were denied service at Nashville IHOP". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 22, 2018.


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