On Wednesday the Trump administration announced that it would be rescinding federal rules that simply allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that they choose.
So what does this announcement mean? It means that the issue is pushed back to the states, squarely into the court of Dan Patrick and Texas leaders at the local level, which is where lawsuits will likely begin.
So what are we going to do? There’s an excellent discussion of the brass-tacks way forward at the local-level here, but to summarize, this is going to require a lot of pressure on local and state lawmakers. In Texas, we can start by calling our state reps and demanding that they oppose #SB6. Aside from being needlessly cruel, there’s just no reason for it.
Find your State rep with this tool, and call them now.
A group called ‘Freedom Rising’ will be handing out “bathroom passes” to members of the Texas Senate today, February 23rd, at 12:30 p.m. to protest SB6.
There are also pro-transgender, anti-Trump rallies today in….
San Antonio: https://www.facebook.com/events/1812874299035139/
and Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/183948632093196/
Also, just in case anyone still needs this to be repeated, there is no evidence whatsoever–ZERO–for the so-called ‘bathroom predator’ myth that Dan Patrick is using to support his argument for this bill. Dan Patrick’s stated goal of “keeping men out of women’s restrooms“, in short, is based on a lie.
The ‘bathroom predator’ myth has been repeatedly debunked–there’s an in-depth discussion on that here.
In fact, the bill has already been widely derided across the state by business owners, state and local law enforcement, and even the the Speaker of the Texas House himself, as wrong-headed, cruel and, just-plain-unnecessary. But now, with the Trump administration’s announcement that the decision rests with the states, it is not going away.
With an unabashed racist as Attorney General and no federal power to check them, Texas lawmakers have embarked on their own campaign of brutal ignorance, emptiness, and cruelty, in the hopes of disguising shallow moral crusades they’re hoping to exploit for political and financial gains. By stirring up a far-right base, Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott want to ensure that the GOP is in power for decades to come. It’s time to fight back.