Texas Realtor helps at-risk LGBTQ+ homeowners flee Texas

A man in Texas offers to help at-risk LGBTQ+ homeowners flee the Lone Star State.

Flee Texas is the brainchild of gay Dallas real estate agent Bob McCranie, who runs Texas Pride Real Estate. He started Flee Texas to help other LGBTQ+ homeowners in the state not only sell their homes, but also connect them with LGBTQ+ or verified real estate agents in other states to help them buy a new one. home.

“I’ve been in Texas since 1987 and I’ve watched this state grow into a juggernaut of right-wing conservatism,” McCranie said. The Lawyer.

In response, he created Flee Texas to help LGBTQ+ Texans who feel threatened by the current political and cultural environment find a safe space to live outside of his state.

“As LGBTQIA+ citizens of Texas, many of us feel at risk,” reads the Flee Texas website. “If you feel the need to leave Texas jurisdiction, let us help you sell your property here and connect you with an LGBTQIA or ally agent in a better location of your choice.”

Earlier this year, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott used a legal opinion from the state attorney general to declare gender-affirming care for trans children to be child abuse. He led the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents of trans children for child abuse. Some of these investigations have been temporarily blocked by the courts, but many LGBTQ+ people are now wondering if they can continue to live their truths in the state they currently call home.

The family of Kai Shapley, a trans girl who testified against transphobic bills in the state legislature last year, have sold their home along with most of their belongings and are considering moving elsewhere.

McCranie said he tries to help families like Shapley’s, and says those critics who say he does it for the money “don’t get it.” He and others fear the state is reverting to its homophobic and extremist past.

“A lot of people don’t remember what it’s like to be an illegal person,” he says, noting that the state once had tough buggery laws that prohibited same-sex sex. . “According to the state, asserting transited is now considered child abuse. Families with trans children must therefore get out of this jurisdiction now.

Unfortunately, he fears the worst for his condition. He knows many LGBTQ+ people who have moved to more tolerant areas like California, Colorado, and even Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s a trend he hopes to continue.

“I think you’ll see migration out of the red states,” he says. “I have realtors in other states setting up the same services there.”

Martin E. Berry