LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few weeks, then came the word, posted by TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts: “And people, as of midnight CDT, the 84th Texas Legislative session ended and the 24 anti-LGBT bills officially died!”
With that came the end of legislative efforts in five states to restrict transgender usage of bathrooms (“bathroom bills”) in those states.
Conservatives and Christian extremists were behind these efforts in Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Kentucky and Nevada to legislate hate into law. While some bills made limited headway, including some with the usage of trickery, for instance, in Florida, while others gained no traction. All proposals, however, ultimately failed.
While at first glance, it would appear this would mark the end of attempting to turn into law this type of dubious (and likely illegal) legislation, however, Republicans are known to keep bringing to the table the kind of proposals that have never been fruitful simply for appearance sake.
What this means for us is to expect these bills to surface again in the future during new legislative sessions. The only way to curtail this practice is at the ballot box. In short, show up on election day and voting in a majority that will never propose anti-trans legislation.
Here’s a full rundown on the five failed “bathroom bills”: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/04/22/nevada-bathroom-bill-fails-california-style-anti-trans-ballot-petition-possible/
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