Texas Lawmakers File Special Session Bathroom Bills

Special Session Bathroom BillsLike a modern day LGBT Paula Revere Trans women, Marissa Jayne Wolfe waves her pride flags from Michigans UP signaling us of the impending battle. We need this now. We need our LGBT people to come down on these hateful legislators like a ton of bricks and let them know in no uncertain terms KILLING our trans kids is NOT HAPPENING. Stripping HARD earned local ordinances won with our sweat and blood and the inhuman cost of LGBT lives lost is NOT HAPPENING.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued a proclamation today making the special session official giving Texas legislators the go ahead to submit their bills. Amongst the items Abbott wants to be addressed is “Legislation regarding the use of multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing rooms” AKA as a “bathroom bill”.

Texas Representative Scott Sanford inadvertently¬†tipped their hand during a live bathroom bill debate hosted by CBS DFW in Dallas video.¬†Texas right wing “freedom caucus” members are targeting trans youth in a political bid to put a similar bill up for a vote in the US Congress. Edge Media has since reported that a Texas-style anti-transgender law has since hit the national stage last month with the introduction of The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 (HR 2796).

Representative Ron Simmons filed two bills in the Texas House. HB 46 would invalidate LGBT protections enacted by cities, counties, and entities like DART which cover over 5 million Texans.

HB 50 would deny school districts the freedom to enact policies allowing transgender students access to multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities which correspond to their gender expression.

Senator Hall filed SB 23 which is much the same as HB 46.

There is no limit as to how many anti-Lgbt bills can be filled during the special session. According to the Texas Tribune, more than two dozen bills had been filed by 1PM and of those 3 were anti-LGBT.

Planet Trans was blocked by Ron Simmons the night I testified against his bathroom bill during the regular session. Ron Simmons doesn’t want to hear from us. So we will need to get louder. A lot louder.

We’ve reasoned. We’ve educated. We’ve cajoled. We have used every means at our disposal as sentient beings to reach the authors of the hateful anti-LGBT bills. Time for talk is over. It’s time to get loud. It’s time to let them know in no uncertain terms we are not going to take this.

We will be gathering on July 18th, the first day of the Special Session on the steps of the legislature to kick off a day of action. This will be followed by direct action inside the Capitol. At press time there were over 500 people attending the One Texas Resistance Rally and Day of Actionand over a thousand interested. I will be there. Hope to see and hear you too.

Kelli Busey
Editor in Chief at

Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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2 Responses to Texas Lawmakers File Special Session Bathroom Bills

  1. Summer July 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Kelli. I have followed this issue from the beginning and frankly Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and a few others need to be fired. But that’s not likely, so it my hope and prayer that the resistence rally amounts to record breaking numbers. That it amounts to the kind of peaceful but heard demonstrating that occurred in the 60s. It’s really really sad that in 2017 we still have to protest this shit. Just in case no headway is gained. .. Your welcomed in California!! We love our trans- family.
    Don’t back down trans* Texans. Give’ em hell.

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