LIVE VIDEO: Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Hears Public Testimony On Anti-Transgender Bill

The Texas Tribune reports:

For the third time this year, a committee of state lawmakers will consider measures to restrict bathroom use for transgender residents in what’s expected to be an hours-long hearing Friday that could draw out hundreds of Texans to testify.

On the Senate State Affairs Committee’s agenda are Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 91 — both of which would restrict bathroom use in government buildings and public schools based on the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. Such restrictions would keep most transgender men, women and children from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

The proposals — both authored by Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (above left) of Brenham — would also gut parts of local nondiscrimination ordinances meant to allow transgender residents to use public bathrooms of their choice. Similar proposals have been filed in the House but their fates remain uncertain.

Watch the live-stream here.

  • Sam_Handwich

    isn’t this a waste of time? i thought the house speaker put the kibosh on this bill

    • bkmn

      This is Texas’ equivalent of healthcare reform – people hate every part of it, it doesn’t make sense, it will harm citizens but they won’t let it die.

    • Tawreos

      These two bills are the main reason they had to have a special session. They have to justify the cost of the special session and for the GOP the only way they can do that is make sure they hurt someone somewhere.

  • bkmn
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  • LeeCMH

    Onward Christian soldiers.
    Marching right into war.
    With your bombs for Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus killing on before.

  • JoeMyGod

    It looks like the usual local and national anti-gay villains will testify……

    • Karl Dubhe

      I’ve seen it before. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to watch it again.

      • BudClark

        They come; they screech the same lies at the tops of their lungs; they go home. Umpteenth Verse, same as the first. Got better things to do with my time than listen to brain-dead Southern Baptists expose their unrivaled ignorance on national television.

  • JoeMyGod

    The bill’s douchebag author is now speaking….

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Joe in PA

      Never gets less creepy. 🙁

    • Tawreos

      Well, I know what I will make me wake up screaming tonight.

    • PickyPecker

      New PP Survey Released: 4 out of 5 Handwich voters exhibit increased anxiety regarding bathroom bunnies and an overall aversion to public toilet spaces.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      This meme always gives me the willies.

  • CB

    So important for the state! After all, what does being 43rd in education or ranking last in healthcare availability and affordability matter? Get those hideous trans people away from our kids! That’s where our priorities should be! /s

  • Harveyrabbit

    It’s a day that ends with a “Y”, time for some Texas douchebaggery.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Snarkaholic

      Did he burn his jacket…to get rid of the “trans cooties?”

  • bambinoitaliano
    • gaymex1

      Can we get Bugs to drag it closer to N. Korea?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Yup. To the west of Hawaii.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Is that part of Hawaii’s preparedness solution? It should be.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Shhhhhhhhh….We just tell Texas a permanent solution to illegal border crossing has been solve. No wall needed.

          • gaymex1

            I wonder…Just how big is the Bermuda Triangle?

    • Well, if Texas is going to leave, make sure they take Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama with them.

      • FAEN

        Beat me to it.

      • bambinoitaliano

        One chunk at a time. Poor Bugs Bunny just finish off Florida.

      • zhera

        If you look at the gif, Mississippi is already gone!

  • gaymex1

    What a waste of time for humanity.

  • netxtown

    I’d be scared to death to pee with her anywhere near.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]
    • LeeCMH

      They should form the Wide-Stance wing of the Republican Party.

  • Rex

    It’s bad enough they want to tell us what to do in our bedrooms, now they want to control the bathrooms as well.

  • netxtown

    Intimate spaces!! I GOT to get one!

  • On behalf of the 40% of Texas voters who vote for Democrats (even when it’s someone we’ve never heard of because they can’t be worse than Cruz, Cornyn, Abbott, etc.), I’d like to apologize. Yes, there are people who are this bad in other states as well (okay, maybe not Cruz…even the other Republicans in the Senate hate him…yeah he’s really that awful) but because Texas is the second largest state (in both geography and population) what happens here has an impact, especially when it comes to school textbooks. Really really sorry.

    • gaymex1

      …and I’m really really sorry that the 40% of you sane folks have to put up with such crap.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • another_steve

    The cash spigot is drying up for the theofascists when it comes to marriage equality. Too many people know married same-sex couples today. The media is full of stories about us. We’re no longer boogeymen to a majority of the unwashed masses out there.

    Trans people are still boogeymen however.

    Many $5 and $10 bills to be sent in and received by the purveyors of trans hate.

  • netxtown

    “swiftly over a long period of time” WTF???

  • netxtown

    when she went to high school…their was still water fountains with labels…

  • netxtown

    ya dumb xunt – who is gonna pay the legal fees for the school districts until the Supremes sing?????

  • Rebecca Gardner

    “Boys should not be able to compete against girls in competition.”
    What does that have to do with taking a piss?

    • Butch

      Somebody actually said that? Why the hell not? Because the speaker is afraid the boy would get beat?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Yes, that is a direct quote from the lady on the left with dark hair, glasses, white blouse, and grey suit

    • KnownDonorDad

      Writing in the snow? Not sure….

  • MB

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a37e31fef1f1297ab0f116c7029346ebe879397e482b084ee007863e2283fe57.jpg

    Statement/letter from The Most. Rev. Michael B. Curry ~ Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church to the Texas legislature:

    “For us, as Episcopalians, the proposed Texas law is of particular concern. We are currently scheduled to hold our triennial General Convention—a nine-day event that includes as many as 10,000 people—in Austin in July 2018. Our church is proudly diverse: racially, economically, and in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity. At our conventions, we are duty-bound to ensure that all of our people are treated with respect, that their safety is guaranteed, and that our investment in the local economy of our host city reflects our values.

    In 1955 we were forced to move a General Convention from Houston to another state because Texas laws prohibited black and white Episcopalians from being treated equally. We would not stand then for Episcopalians to be discriminated against, and we cannot countenance it now. We would be deeply grieved if Senate Bill 6 presented us with the same difficult choice that church leaders faced more than sixty years ago.”

  • Leo

    Not following this, too depressing, answers will be broken records.

    Fill me in when it’s over.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I work for one of the largest law firms on the planet. The sun, literally, never sets on this firm that’s how big we are globally. As such, I really work in no time zone because my co-workers are everywhere. Sadly I have a lot of co-workers in Dallas and my boss wants to send me there for a couple of weeks so I can take over their projects. Why-Oh-Why do I have to go to Texas? I told my boss I wouldn’t mind working in the Dallas office if it weren’t for all the Texans.

    So now we have this bullshit happening again. Will I need to bring my birth certificate with me if I happen to dress super butch one day? It’s 20-Fucking-17!!!! Why is this stupid shit even being considered? It’s so stupid!

    • Tor

      I never met a Texan I did not like. But they are the ones who got away and moved to California.

  • netxtown

    oh lard…robert oscr loepz….. juesus fucking kriste…..

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg a “friend” of R O Lopez is ranting now

    • KnownDonorDad

      That’s because the “gay friend” the far right folks refer to is often ROL.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE!!!! This C U Next Tuesday is quoting Oscar Lopez.

    • Sam_Handwich

      you could feel the collective eye roll

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s a shame another person testifying doesn’t read some of his porn aloud.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m done! Heard enough stupidity for one day.

  • netxtown

    …unconsciously participating in dysfunction? wake the fuck up!

  • JWC

    The Texas state government has got to unail that foot from the floor and get on with other legislation that Texans need,education infrastucture. For almost 2 years a small select coven of haters has wasted time and resources focused on one minor bill. This does no one good and causes harm to many. Itstime for the average Texan to tell these fools to move on

    • RJ Bone

      The only education-related legislation the mouthbreathers in this state will bring is whatever makes their residents more uneducated faster. They have to maintain their base, after all.

  • Hanwi

    I’ve been watching courageous individuals testify over the last hour against these hateful bills. They have been making excellent practical, legal and moral arguments against the bills. The unthinkable thing is that all of these heartfelt testimonies will mean nothing to the pricks listening to them. They are pathetic, heartless, despicable, feckless individuals.

    Edit: A big thank you to all of the brave (often overlooked) transmen who are speaking up. When these bills get slapped down it will be because of transmen. If it were only the perverted transwomen who would be affected they would steamroll us. Thank you transmen!!

  • Hanwi

    This twat has been on her phone for the last 30mins, way to take your job and trans concerns seriously! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7cc24a2fed2e31c16303641ba65519d07549310577faf530b0875034df8a84b3.jpg

  • Hanwi

    Well at least the bigots washed their pro-life t-shirts prior to testifying…… /s

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fce9ce0bdd21ffa6bae3b5f7d6c1ae178a654ce7fc1a42cfe4cce4c1cc91f3e6.jpg

  • RJ Bone

    I have a good friend who left yesterday for support or to testify if she has the chance. She’s pretty outspoken, but given the situation I think the most offensive thing for these assholes will be her 90’s Storm style mohawk 😉

    Pity she’ll probably hold back, because she could strip their skins off with her wit.

    • RJ Bone

      Even better! She just got interviewed by Fox 7 🙂 They were interviewing many people, so she might not show up after the cuts, but still! Pretty cool!!

  • JCF
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Spite, spite and more spite, that’s all this is about.

  • Hanwi

    These strong trans kids bring tears to my eyes, our future is very bright!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e48bf5586fd53af446a2df367368b2b97e4c2dc85b41256df70141f262f91b0a.jpg

  • Hanwi

    The haters have stepped up to the mic, I can’t listen to this shit anymore. A christian femanist just stepped up…… talk about a stupendous oxymoron, smh

    • MaryJOGrady

      So far there have been only six. Meanwhile, I have been watching panel after panel, groups of five, of brave transgender Texans and their supporters speaking up for their rights.

      • Hanwi

        The girl that talked about the possibility of losing her sister in 11yrs had me bawling.

  • Snarkaholic

    If something like this EVER passes in NJ, I will be clamoring for ANY government building bathroom inspector job…
    …and will stop/interrogate every “mannish-looking” woman* and “effeminate-looking”man*.
    *Code for “obviously straight and Republican.”

  • Hanwi

    A gay man just spoke in defense of we trans, thank you so much sir!!

  • Hanwi

    A young girl being used as a tool by her christian father to incite fear….. a benham broheim in the making. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e41b338208c50dec57ca81499fbbca4abd5bb94d51c1338679c6f839e44d3f5.jpg

  • Hanwi

    These christians so obviously suck each others dicks to make a false point it’s disgusting, and for the record I’m pro dick sucking, just not in this case.

  • Hanwi

    The conservatives make the point that people exposing their genitalia or anus to anyone is guilty of a felony, then every nude person in a locker room is a felon….

  • Hanwi

    I am encouraged by those that you would think would be in the GOP wheelhouse, veterans, pastors, etc, that are speaking out against this BS, thank you.

  • Hanwi

    american flag wearing head thing putz afraid of diversity, the american flag has become a symbol of hatred and asshollery. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/528132c0402c5fb411298bc52f9dac0073498707b71b666c366e72ebafd2228c.png

  • Hanwi
  • Hanwi
  • Hanwi
  • Hanwi

    This gal is my hero, she just smacked the author of the legislation in the fucking mouth, author is quivering and stuttering……. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03700312801ec9fea81cd183489979d7ca4290807f1ab10af7e2a9c1a69d9db6.png

  • Hanwi

    Senator on right just pointed out that trans are more often victims of cis voyeurism…..based on list provided by bigot asshat https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d8ce2295f57df5f59a09bdc4ecbba370e3f1ecd667a09a9b2de8afcc5a7d6ee.png

  • netxtown

    Just heard on dallas 10 o’cock news that it passed….