Advocating for Equality: The Urgent Need for Candidate Pledges in Support of LGBTQIA+ Texans

As we approach the 2024 elections, candidates across Texas have a significant opportunity to stand with one of the state’s most vulnerable populations: LGBTQIA+ youth. Pride Corpus Christi, in collaboration with Equality Texas, urges political hopefuls to publicly commit to advocating for this community by pledging with Equality Texas.

A Closer Look at the Challenges Facing LGBTQIA+ Youth in Texas

The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey reveals alarming statistics that highlight the urgency of addressing LGBTQIA+ youth mental health and safety:

– Nearly half (47%) of LGBTQ youth in Texas seriously considered suicide in the past year, a number that increases to 56% among transgender and nonbinary youth.
– An alarming 16% of LGBTQ youth attempted suicide in the same timeframe, with this figure rising to 20% for transgender and nonbinary individuals.
– Anxiety and depression remain prevalent, affecting 72% and 59% of LGBTQ youth, respectively, with higher rates among transgender and nonbinary youth (78% and 66%).
– Despite a clear need, 68% of those wanting mental health care were unable to access it.
– Discrimination is a daily reality for many, with 74% experiencing it, and 36% facing physical threats or harm.

These figures are not just numbers—they represent real lives affected by policies and the social climate. They underscore the necessity for candidates to take a firm stand in support of LGBTQIA+ rights and well-being.

The Impact of a Public Pledge

Committing to a pledge with Equality Texas is a crucial step for candidates to show their dedication to fostering a more inclusive, safe, and equitable Texas. This pledge is a promise to support policies that protect LGBTQIA+ individuals from discrimination, ensure equal rights and opportunities, and resist any regressive measures against LGBTQIA+ rights.

How to Make the Pledge

Candidates are encouraged to solidify their commitment by making their pledge with Equality Texas. This action not only demonstrates their resolve to advocate for every Texan’s rights but also aligns them with a broader movement towards inclusivity and equality.


The statistics from The Trevor Project’s 2022 survey highlight the critical need for inclusive and protective policies for LGBTQIA+ youth in Texas. As the 2024 elections draw near, Pride Corpus Christi and Equality Texas call on candidates to publicly pledge their support for these vital community members. Together, we can strive for a future where all Texans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can live freely and safely.

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