Earlier this week, legislators in Texas let a controversial “Bathroom Bill” die during their summer session. The proposed bill would have required transgender people to use public bathrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificate vs. the gender they most closely identify with. It would have applied to all restrooms, showers, and locker rooms in public schools and facilities across Texas.
Really excited the Texas bathroom bill is dead. Small victories are needed right now. Cheers to all the Texans who backed us up
— Trans Lifeline (@Translifeline) August 16, 2017
This victory for the LGBTQ community follows the repeal of HB2 in North Carolina earlier this year. When North Carolina enacted its anti-transgender Bathroom Bill, it cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Many businesses, and most notably, the NCAA boycotted the state in support of transgender rights. If Texas had enacted a similar bill, the Texas Association of Business estimated that Texas could have lost about $5.6 billion through 2026.
"Texans don’t want harmful, anti-transgender legislation" ~ JoDee Winterhof, Senior VP for policy and political affairs
What can we do as peacemakers to continue this momentum in the fight for transgender rights? How can we bring compassion and understanding to our communities for our LGBTQ peers and friends? Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to address LGBTQ injustice today!