Alyssa Faris: ‘We need to talk about this’

Alyssah Faris, who became the first openly transgender person to be elected as an elected official in Texas, told The Associated Press she’s “so excited” to have a seat at the table when the state’s transgender community is asked to address the state legislature.

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last week, the state has seen a spike in reports of hate crimes, with a rash of hate groups targeting the LGBTQ community.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been pushing for the state to adopt a new anti-discrimination law, said last week that he will introduce a bill that would require transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their biological sex, and that any business that refuses to do so would be subject to a civil lawsuit.

“When I first came into office, I promised that we would be the state of Texas, and I’ve been very clear about that,” Paxton said.

“We need a place for people of all races, colors and religions to come together, to learn and to thrive.

That’s what the LGBTQ people in Texas are working so hard to achieve, and we’re very excited to have that opportunity to do that.”

Faris, 34, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014.

She was elected by a wide margin in her district and will now be one of the most powerful Democrats in the state.

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The Lone Star State has seen an increase in anti-LGBTQ violence over the last year.

Last year, at least 50 people were killed and nearly 2,000 were injured in a wave of attacks targeting LGBTQ people.

In her first official speech as attorney general, Paxton also called for the release of an additional 30 people arrested over anti-gay hate crimes and the end of anti-transgender hate crimes in Texas.

He said that a large number of these cases were not prosecuted because prosecutors would not face criminal charges and because Texas is not a “safe haven” state for LGBTQ people, who have historically faced discrimination and violence.

“I want to say very publicly that I believe that we need to have our leaders stand up and say that we do not have to be a safe haven state for anyone, and certainly not for transgender Texans,” Paeson said.

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