Texas Governor Revives Stalled Transgender Bathroom Bill

Jun 7, 2017


Gov. Greg Abbott reignited one of the most divisive issues in Texas politics on Tuesday, calling lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session of the Legislature in part to consider a bill that would reinforce the state’s effort to regulate bathroom use by transgender people in public buildings.

An attempt during the regular session by conservative lawmakers and pastors to pass legislation to regulate bathroom use had been unsuccessful by the time the session ended on Memorial Day. But on Tuesday, Mr. Abbott, a Republican, ordered a 30-day special session starting in July and put on the agenda a bathroom bill that would prevent municipalities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances designed to protect transgender people. The special-session agenda also includes bills that would limit property taxes and keep several state agencies operating.

Opponents of bathroom restrictions, including moderate Republicans, say such rules are discriminatory and would cause economic damage similar to that in North Carolina last year after the state passed transgender bathroom restrictions that spurred widespread boycotts and the cancellation of concerts and sporting events. Supporters say the restrictions protect public safety and privacy in public buildings. They believe the predicted economic fallout has been exaggerated.

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One comment on “Texas Governor Revives Stalled Transgender Bathroom Bill”

  • I see there are mass protests in the US against bigoted stupidity and meddling interference in private matters!


    Tens of thousands of people have marched in Washington, Los Angeles and other US cities for LGBT rights, in one of the biggest protests since President Donald Trump took office.

    Many of the those attending said they felt their community was under threat from the new government.

    The organisers said dozens of cities across the US would also hold rallies.

    The march comes nearly a year since the shooting in a gay Florida nightclub, Pulse, which killed 49 people.

    In the capital, it began in the downtown area, then passed in front of the White House and continued on to the National Mall.

    People from as far as California, Colorado and Kentucky held aloft placards bearing slogans such as “Make America Kind Again”, “Remember Pulse” and “We Are Human”.

    “We are here to stand and be counted,” said Daniel Dunlop from Atlanta, who was there with his partner Leonard and Leonard’s parents.

    “There’s a growing hostile rhetoric from the White House and we don’t like the point of direction.”

    “The fact that Trump did not even recognise Pride month is an omen of what’s to come, and we need to mobilise now.”

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