Texas Senate Bill Would Defund Campus LGBT Groups Because They “Promote High-Risk Behavior”

bill zedlerTexas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) has filed an amendment to a general appropriations bill that would cut funding to universities with LGBT organizations on the grounds that they encourage high-risk sexual behavior.

Zedler’s measure, which could be voted on as early as Thursday, would hit schools with “gender and sexuality centers and related student center[s]” and prevent public money from being used “to support, promote, or encourage any behavior that would lead to high risk behavior for AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis B, or any sexually transmitted disease.”

Yes, because denying young people access to information about safer sex is how you prevent STIs.

The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M  and the University of Houston all have dedicated LGBT resource centers, reports the Dallas Voice, though the Texas A&M student government is considering a measure that would allow students to opt out of having their activities fees fund the school’s center if it contradicted their religious beliefs.

Equality Texas’ Daniel Williams hopes the states’ LGBT community and its allies reach out to their elected officials and speak out against the amendment: “If the community mobilizes and lets the 150 members of the Texas House know that this amendment is hurtful and represents antiquated stereotypes that belong in a bygone era, we can beat it,” he said.

A similar amendment was proposed last year, but was eventually withdrawn  after Democrats threatened to sink the bill it was attached to. Let’s hope history repeats itself.

 Photos: Bill Zedler’s Facebook, Duke University

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  • Mike

    That is so typical of the rednecks that live in Arlington.

  • QJ201

    But Fraternities, Sororities are okay, no risk behaviors there at all.

  • Red Meat

    @QJ201: For some reason I read “butt fraternities” but ok.

  • doug105

    @Mike: Frankly it’s just too typical of republican’s anywhere, which is why I refuse to vote for one unless the democrat is worse.


    Why must bigots use round-about ways (arguing that gay rights groups advocate “risky behavior”) in order to fight against equality? They are too chicken to say “we hate you, and we will do anything we can to make sure that you go away.”

  • Ogre Magi

    Typical christian crap

  • 2eo

    Can we defund religion as it leads to ALL terrorism?

  • KadjaCrawford

    Just ridiculous!

  • Dakotahgeo

    Well, some wacko Christians/conservies voted these crackerjacks into political office! Get rid of them the same way! They tend to grow like sagebrush in the wind once they get into power, that’s the problem!


    It`s look like we have to finish the civil war with killing all Christian!!.

  • Surg

    If you can opt out your fees from funding the center because it goes against your beliefs. Then they have to be fair. There’s thousands of beliefs out there, and not only yours matter. Typical 80 percent of A&M… They’re going to have to let everyone decide what they’d like their fund to be paying for. Absolutely ridiculous. An you know what else promotes risky behavior? My schools Youth For Christ group… I’m not even sure if I can call it that. More like youth orgys, with tons of bongs.. But I don’t see them trying to eradicate the club. I can’t believe swimming for A&M ever crosse my mind….

  • Charli Girl

    LMAO..that made me giggle :-)

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