A Texas lawmaker (GOP state Rep. Gilbert Pena) has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from allowing transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. . . .
Under Pena’s proposal, school districts would be required to adopt policies saying “only persons of the same biological sex may be present at the same time in any bathroom, locker room, or shower facility in a building owned by the district.” . . .
Pena’s bill is the third anti-transgender bathroom bill introduced in Texas this year. Two other proposals would make it a crime for transgender people to use restrooms or similar facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety sent a warning to lawmakers after the author of those bills, GOP Rep. Debbie Riddle, allegedly received a glitter bomb in the mail.
The transgender bathroom bills are among at least 11 anti-LGBT measures that have been introduced in the current Texas Legislature.
(Original article Jan. 24, 2015:) You read that right. A bill filed by a Texas state legislator would make building managers who “repeatedly allow” a trans person to use the bathroom of their gender expression subject to a state jail felony — up to 2 years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.
If you’re transgender and caught in the wrong bathroom, it’ll only be a misdemeanor — up to 1 year in jail and maximum $4,000 fine.
According to a report in Towleroad, it was Republican state House Rep. Debbie Riddle who introduced the bill which says “the gender of an individual is the gender established at the individual’s birth or the gender established by the individual’s chromosomes.”
This is another in a string of ridiculous bathroom bills, each with a particular twist — in this case, the jailing of individuals who find themselves newly deputized as bathroom cops but unwilling to perform that duty.
Earlier I wrote of a similar bill in Florida: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/02/08/another-transphobic-bathroom-cop-surfaces-this-time-in-florida/
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