DALLAS, United States — Texas Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, wants his own anti-transgender bathroom legislation, called the “Women’s Privacy Act.”
Despite the overwhelming evidence suggesting that banning people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity is a terrible idea —Yes North Carolina, I’m talking to you.– It seems like the governor of Texas wants to follow suit.
In a press conference, he said: “Transgender people have obviously been going into the ladies’ room for a long time, and there hasn’t been an issue that I know of.” He said.
“But, if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.” He added.
The state of Texas, despite having the second largest LGBT population in the United States after California, does not protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination or legal challenges.
While the state of Texas has a hate crimes statute, it has never been invoked, and gender identity is not included in the hate crimes law. Despite the fact that some localities have ordinances that, in theory, provide some degree of legal protections and benefits to LGBT people, said protections are seldom enforced.
The proposed legislation is already rising concerns amongst Texas business owners, who have already come out and said they would oppose a bathroom bill in their state.