TEXAS: State House Advances Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The Texas House voted late Sunday on a bill that will keep transgender public school children from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.

The measure, a Republican deal on the “bathroom bill,” passed the GOP-dominated chamber by a vote of 91-50. It needs one more vote to officially pass the House. If the Senate agrees to the measure, and Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t veto it, Texas will become the second state in the nation to pass such legislation.

Debate was emotional and divisive, with Democrats likening it to a Jim Crow-era attack on defenseless kids and Republicans insisting the measure did not single out or target anyone.

The fight over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights this year has been particularly divisive in Texas. Lt. Gov Dan Patrick [photo], who heads the Senate, began pushing a bathroom bill last year, but House Speaker Joe Straus has called the effort unnecessary and damaging to business.

With the session winding to a close May 29, Patrick threatened to hold the state budget and another must-pass bill hostage if the bathroom bill wasn’t approved in the House. The bathroom measure that passed Sunday was the product of that ultimatum, a proposal more limited than Patrick wanted, but palatable enough to receive the backing of a majority of House Republicans.

The Human Rights Campaign reacts:

“This shameful amendment is yet another example of Texas lawmakers’ anti-LGBTQ agenda,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs. “Transgender youth deserve the same dignity and respect as their peers, and this craven attempt to use children as a pawn for cheap political points is disturbing and unconscionable.”

Hundreds of businesses and several Texas chambers of commerce, celebrities and performers, tourism groups and events and sports organizations including the NBA, the NFL and the NCAA have spoken out against legislation targeting transgender people for discrimination.

  • Elagabalus

    That’s not all Texas is trying to do – read Michelangelo Signorile’s most recent piece in Huffpost to see what other horrible anti-gay measures they’re trying to sneak under the radar in the form of amendments to necessary bills:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/with-all-eyes-on-trump-texas-may-soon-pass-horrific-anti-lgbtq-laws_us_5920a3c4e4b03b485cb200cc?section=us_queer-voices

    BOYCOTT TEXAS!!!!!!!

    • Frostbite

      Easy for me, too f’ing hot down there for this northern bear.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Sports teams and businesses should boycott Texass just like they boycotted NC. This is BS! I posted the article to my FB but we do need to act quick and hard before they pass anything. Thanks for posting that.

    • Paula

      I’d like to boycott Texas. Unfortunately my teacher’s retirement payments come from the State of Texas. OTOH, I can tell them haha, I am a Lesbian and I taught in your schools for years and now you have to pay me until I die.
      🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻😂😂😂😂

    • Those laws are akin to the darkest days of Jim Crow. And this time they aren’t stopping just with LGBTQ folks, but stirring in women, Muslims and Jews.

  • Boreal

    Texas has eliminated poverty, hunger, homelessness, illiteracy and all disease and now has free time to work on the ‘important’ issues.

    • Frostbite

      Seems they still haven’t eliminated “stupid.”

      • Todd20036

        You’d need a few gigatons dropped on most rural areas for that.

    • AJ Drew

      So at this point we’re beyond the need for a “/s” ender? Yeah, yeah we are.

  • Boreal
    • Todd20036

      Think the Trumpanzees will give a shit when coal jobs don’t magically reappear?

      • Boreal

        It’ll be Obama’s fault.

      • Bj Lincoln

        They might. The coal business is huge in Ohio and West Virginia. It’s coal workers who helped get Drumpf elected because he promised them jobs. While I don’t wish hardship on the children of these people, I do hope the adults lose jobs and healthcare then wake up to the FACT they just screwed themselves by voting for him.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Do they care about our “children?” Nah,, didn’t think so….

        • Todd20036

          I wish hardship on them. I hope they lose their Obamacare, their Medicaid, their SNAP.

          I hope they die miserably and their last thoughts are, “You know, the democrats kept me alive. The republicans killed me. I deserved death for my stupidity.”

        • Moderate Liberal

          Yeah but clearly they are stupid enough to believe that the jobs came back but unfortunately they didn’t get one of them, which of course is someone elses fault….

      • Everything has sexual undertones to the religious right, every single thing.

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    • Ninja0980

      Making everyone else’s lives hell.

      • It’s because their lives are curdled balls of unhappiness. There is no way to follow those daft religious rules and be a normal happy person. The only way to be in a religion AND be happy is to follow the cafeteria plan, some of this, a little of that, NONE of that….

    • JCF
  • Todd20036

    Because North Carolina just loves the boycotts. BTW NBA, you fucked up big time. Just, thanks.

  • Tawreos

    Fucking asshole holds other things hostage not just to get his bill a hearing, but to be passed. Legislative terrorism at it’s finest.

  • Kevin Perez

    Why is Hank Hill the featured photo for this post?
    Is it because of Bobby?

  • netxtown

    and the asshole Lt Gov has declared that if the legislature doesn’t pass a bathroom bill this session – then he will call a special session until he gets one. The extreme religious right has him by the political balls.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I doubt he objected to that.

      He chose to join their cult.

    • Tiger Quinn

      No no, Patrick is like Pence, he’s a total believer in this crap. He was a radio guy for a long time before he ran and it was nothing but “Democrats are satan’s agents in disguise.”

  • Droz

    So this guy, Abbott, totally half-brother of Jeb Bush, right?

    • netxtown

      Jeb without a spine…..

  • AJ Drew

    Last stance GOP.

    NO.

    Don’t let them “re-correct” nor “normalize” DT.

    Call your Reps and your local elected reps and let them know that none of this is ok.

    Pick an issue and call. Then, pick another issue and call. There are many issues and each needs its own call.

    I know it can daunting but do it anyway…all you have to say is “Hi, my name is … and I’m a registered voter. I [agree/disagree] with the current issue about (name) on the (current issue). That’s it.

    Most likely you’ll be talking to someone for whom it’s just a job, and who is just tallying opinions and that is their job. BUT, those daily phone call tallies DO get reported and can make a difference.

    [I have NO personal connections to the sites listed below, but I have found them helpful, and they have not spammed me…}

    Daily text message to remind you to call your reps about specific issues, with link to reps’ phone contact numbers:

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    Best anti-DT news-aggregate site which is sourced, linked, and yet with an appropriate yet NSFW name:

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  • chris james

    members of the texas legislature should undergo a check at the bathroom door to make sure they have a penis…we already know they have an asshole, its full of shit

  • TexasBoy

    Texas, Our Texas,
    Please help our crazy State,
    Texas, Our Texas,
    So backwards, won’t update.

  • TexasBoy

    So Gov. Abbott, can’t you take a hint?

    Does a tree have to fall on you?….oh, wait…it already did.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    Next up: Texas mandates the Missionary Position be the only sexual position allowed. The new law requires that sex can only take place once a week, at night, and with the lights off. Men are required by law to have an orgasm, but as always, the woman’s climax is optional. And the sex act can only last for 45 seconds – an amendment requested by the Governor.

    The freedom-loving state also now requires a video camera in every bedroom to enforce the law, with the video feeds going directly to the Governor’s office.

    As usual, members of the Texas legislature and all persons with a net worth of over 1 million dollars are exempted from this law in order to create new jobs.

    This is Freedom Texas style.

    • 45 seconds? Wow, what will they do with the other 30 seconds?

  • Highmoremotel
  • Ross
  • Hank
    • I thought that was the main function of religion, was to enable one to point to a book, a series of teachings to “justify” hatred of the dreaded others.

  • Blake Jordan

    The NCAA and NHL will do nothing about this!!!

  • Ahh, the extreme right wing, making an issue out of bathrooms yet again. They recycled the same worn out scare mongering tactics of the Jim Crow days, rape. These are the same lovely people who have turned teenagers into life long sex offenders by having consensual sex with another teenager.

  • Tempus Fuggit
  • Texas is trying to reset the social clock to 1930’s. These new Jim Crow type laws are also catching up women, Muslims and Jews. Wait for it, they will figure out a way to include race in their laws if given half a chance.

  • JCF
  • McSwagg