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A Bathroom Bill Isn’t Just Ridiculous.
During the 2017 Texas legislative session alone, there were 24 bills introduced that infringed on LGBT rights in Texas—more than any other session in Texas’ history. (Source)
The current versions of the bathroom bill require everyone, including transgender people, to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. Meaning, if you’re a transgender woman—someone who looks and lives as a woman—you’re required to use the men’s bathroom and vice versa.
No matter which version of the bill, the legislation is discriminatory. It supports division and segregation and goes against Texan values of equality and community.
A bathroom bill is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.
The bills’ authors state that the legislation is about protecting people; however, they refuse to accept amendments that would exempt transgender people from the bathroom mandates. Transgender people are the ones most at risk and in need of protection in bathrooms.
In a recent study, The National Center for Transgender Equality found the following of its transgender respondents (Source):
- 59% avoided using a public restroom in the past year due to fear of confrontation.
- Nearly one-third went out of their way to limit consumption to avoid having to use a public restroom.
- 61% avoided using a public restroom in the past year because they were afraid of confrontation in the bathroom.
- 73% of those out or perceived as transgender between K–12 grade experienced some form of mistreatment.
Transgender Texans are entitled to the same freedoms as everyone else. Any form of a bathroom bill takes away those rightful freedoms. Use the tool above to easily tell your representative that you are against this discriminatory legislation.
Transgender rights are human rights.