To the Editor:
There is a lot of discussion about transgender persons. President Trump recently sent out one of his infamous tweets and Gov. Abbott is obsessed with transgender folks and bathrooms. Abbott has never identified any incident in which a transgender person has assaulted anyone in a bathroom.
However, there is incident after incident of a transgender person being assaulted and murdered. Abbott/Trump are simply supplying a solution to which there is no problem.
Neither of them let facts get in the way of ignorance and politics. Every reputable medical and psychiatric group has condemned this obvious discrimination.
Perhaps Abbott should address real Texas problems such as education, teacher pay, maternal deaths, abused children, infrastructure and access to health care. Assaults on women in bathrooms have been committed by heterosexual perverts and sexual assaulters dressed as women—not transgendered folk.
Each of us has probably been in the same bathrooms with transgenders—you never had a clue because nothing ever happened.
Robert Shirtliff was a transgender soldier in the Revolutionary War. A retired member of Seal Team 6 which was instrumental in killing Osama Bin Laden is a transgender who deployed 13 times, earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. I dare Trump or Abbott to deny this soldier the use of an appropriate bathroom.