Several cases working their way through the legal system have placed a national spotlight on the issue of transgender access to bathrooms. While some states have taken steps to allow access based on gender identity, many are considering legislation that restricts bathroom use by the sex assigned at birth.
Though the bill has made it to the House, chamber leaders have hinted that the controversial legislation may never reach the chamber’s floor for a vote.
After several hours of debate, the Texas Senate on Tuesday tentatively signed off on the so-called “bathroom bill” on a 21-10 vote.
State Rep. Diego Bernal said he is withdrawing from a SXSW Conference “bathroom bill” panel because of a provision in the SXSW artist contract.
Those who oppose the bill say it’s discriminatory and presents a critical threat to the local and state economies.
House Speaker Joe Straus told the Texas Association of Business that the “bathroom bill” was not his most urgent concern for the 85th Legislative Session.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set the stage for the debate surrounding SB 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms based on “biological sex.”
Texas Republicans on Thursday unveiled Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.”
On Thursday evening, Pride Center San Antonio will hold the second annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Memory Walk to commemorate the lives of the 24 transgender individuals who have been killed in 2016 so far.
If Charlotte, N.C. is any indicator, passing the “bathroom” bill could prove to be detrimental to San Antonio’s communities, businesses, jobs, and economy.