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2021 Year in review: News • Texas Legislature wages war on trans youth, minority voting

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Section 2. Supporters rally against anti-trans youth legislation on the steps of the Texas Capitol (Photo by Josh Shook) Gonzalez leads legislative walkout; lawmakers practically ban abortion The Texas Legislature’s 2021 sessions — one regular session and three special sessions — were filled with voter suppression bills, gerrymandering, abortion restriction legislation and more anti-LGBTQ proposals than have ever been submitted during one year in any legislature in any state.

Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez called the sessions “brutal.” After a regular session that got little accomplished, Democrats felt almost helpless at the beginning of the first special session, which was laser-focused on passing anti-transgender, anti-abortion and

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