Dallas, Austin, Ft. Worth and Plano have comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances covering employment, housing and public accommodation while requiring the same of city contractors. Plano's ordinance has quite a few exemptions but I am including it here for simplicity.
Those cover a population of 3 million people.
Those protections would be gone.Another six cities offer some form of protection:
- Houston: City employment and city contractors
- San Antonio: Housing, public accommodations, city employment and city contractors.
- El Paso: Public accommodations and city employment
- Grand Prairie: (LGB only) City employment and city contractors
- Brownsville: City employment
- Waco: City employments
Those protections would be gone.Combined with comprehensive protections, 7.5 million people are covered or roughly 28% of the state's population. Plus there are many smaller subdivisions that ban LGBT or LGB discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. But we are not done.
Texas has two state university systems, Texas A&M and Texas State (which includes Lamar, Sam Houston and Sul Ross Universities). Those have a combined enrollment of approximately 125,000 and they employ over 55,000 people. There are scattered campus exceptions but the systems protect LGBT employees and students from discrimination. On top of that there are numerous public school systems that protect LGBT students from discrimination.