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Jaz & Belle

Jaz and Belle have been together since 1999. Several years ago the couple found themselves experiencing discrimination when Jaz was denied a position at the university she’d been teaching at as a temporary full-time instructor. Though she has a PhD and consistent positive reviews from her peers, Jaz was told not to apply for a tenured full-time job because of her perceived sexual orientation – even though she’d never disclosed or discussed her relationship at work.

This essentially ended her career. After, she was unable to find a different permanent position at her university, and with other jobs matching her qualifications unavailable, the couple suffered a severe loss of income, lost their car, and had to have Jaz’s mother move in with them to keep their house. Discrimination like this would not be so easy if Texas, like so many other states, passed explicit state-level nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

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