Bathroom Bills Are Still Bad for Texas

The Forrest Four-Cast: June 27, 2017

The special session for the Texas Legislature begins in just three weeks. So there isn’t a whole lot of time left to voice your opposition to the two Bathroom Bills that have re-emerged as part of the 19 agenda items for the extracurricular term that commences on Tuesday, July 18.

These two Bathroom Bills (and various other similar legislation that surfaced at the State Capital over the last few months) legitimize hate and discrimination. We should have absolutely no tolerance for regressive measures of this sort in 2017, which is the position that this column has taken throughout this dreadful legislative cycle.

If passed, will a Bathroom Bill also weaken Texas’ ability to compete economically against other states? Probably so. A preview of these problems came last week, when California announced a travel ban to Texas because of the recently-adopted adoption law HB 3859. Governor Abbott responded to this announcement with a cheeky statement that “California may be able to stop their state employees, but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas.” Apparently state oversight of what gender uses which restrooms where doesn’t yet qualify as regulation.

For those living in Texas, connect with the state lawmakers in your district to voice your opposition to these Bathroom Bills. Also, please lend your name to the Texas Competes pledge. For those living outside the state, please urge your Lone Star friends to get involved in this fight.

Hugh Forrest tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often (but not always) cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.

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