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February 24, 2017

The State of Texas Senate Committee On State Affairs Hears Testimony

In Response To Senate Bill 6 AKA "The Bathroom Bill"



A statement from Finnigan Jones, Executive Director of Trans-Cendence International on

Texas' SB 6 Committee Testimony:

To my transgender and gender-diverse community in Texas. It is my honor to stand with you and to stand up for you against this discriminatory legislation called SB6.

This community accepted me with open arms when I was so lost in this world. This community showed me my purpose in this world and I will never stand in the shadows and watch you suffer but instead I will always stand up for you. I owe at least that much to this beautiful and diverse community.

We are a community of doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, politicians, artists, musicians, nurses and doctors; every job imaginable.  We are parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, children, friends, colleagues, siblings, spouses, partners, husbands and wives. Others may not know, but WE ARE A FAMILY who has taken care of each other for decades upon decades.

This is our time. This is the time we emerge from the shadows and speak our truth. This is the time we show our young gender-diverse youth what it means to stand up to the bullies with grace and dignity. Now is the time to show our authentic and beautiful selves to the world.  Thank you for always being here for me and just know, I will always be here for you.