At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use.
Supporters and opponents have already been lobbing attacks. Here’s what you need to know.
The bills take different forms in different places, but all of them in one way or another limit or prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms of their choice. In North Carolina, for example, it’s illegal to use the bathroom that doesn’t match the sex marked on one’s birth certificate.
"In Texas, the proposed legislation is a bit more limited. Senate Bill 6, proposed by Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, would mandate that transgender people use bathrooms, locker rooms or other sex-segregated intimate spaces in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on 'biological sex' instead of their gender identity. It does not mandate what private businesses or entities can and can’t do.
"The bill would also block local nondiscrimination ordinances that guarantee transgender people the right to use the facilities that matches their gender identity."