135+ musicians and stars have joined together to let Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick know that they stand united against discrimination specifically Bathroom Bill SB6 and HB1362.
Stars from Alaska to Alabama, performers internationally renowned, to bands loved locally, all warned Texas leaders about the bills calling them ‘poison, a barrier between Texas and the future’.
The Texas Tribune reports that the letter singles out Senate Bill 6 — which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools and government buildings based on “biological sex” and would override local laws that allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity — and a similar measure, House Bill 1362. But it also mentions other legislation that advocates have flagged as discriminatory or harmful toward LGBT residents.
The letter, which includes some performers who are set to tour in Texas, comes as concerns about the measure, a legislative priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, continues to draw critics, particularly among the business community, which has cited the economic fallout that followed North Carolina’s passage of a similar measure last year. The law cost that state millions of dollars in cancellations of sports championships and concerts.
— Keep Texas Open (@KeepTXOpen) February 10, 2017
Last week, the NFL suggested a Texas law could jeopardize the state hosting future championship games.
Source: Tx Together.org