To the Editor:
When will the Texas Legislature get it? Discrimination is bad for business.
So is the attempt to pass bills by whipping up unfounded fears about fellow Americans.
Senate Bill 6, called the “Bathroom Bill,” targets the dignity, autonomy and privacy of Transgender children, youth and adults. It would force transgender people to use the bathroom associated with their “biological sex,” as assigned on their birth certificate.
But they need to be able to use the restroom that matches their genders.
If I identify and dress and live my life as a female, why on earth would I use the men’s bathroom? Conversely, if I am living my life as a male and may even have grown a beard as I am transitioning to the gender I have always identified myself to be, I am not going to use the women’s bathroom.
Individuals using bathrooms who happen to be transgender don’t concern me. What does concern me is the notion that bathroom police would be checking my genitalia whenever I use a public restroom. Insane!
Sadly, this past Tuesday, after the Senate Committee on State Affairs held a 21-hour hearing on SB6 in which hundreds of testimonies against this bill were heard, the committee still sent it on to the full Senate.
This current civil rights issue is not about bathrooms any more than it was about drinking fountains in the ’60s.
It’s about how we are going to treat our fellow human beings, especially our children and youth. Usually kids don’t have a problem with their transgender peers. Adults making the rules are the problem.
Legislators: Please focus on what really matters to Texans and stop wasting our tax dollars.