TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick’s 2017 Priority: HB2 bathroom bill.

Lt Gov Dan Patrick

Lt Gov Dan Patrick

Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick addressed the Dallas regional chamber of commerce Friday making a case for a bill outlawing transgender people from restrooms calling it “The Women’s Privacy Act”. His first statement while doing so was defensive, showing that his rationale for the bill was considered flawed and had been previously questioned by many in the room.

“Transgender people have been going into restrooms for a long time and there hasn’t been an issue that I know of.” Patrick said. “But if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allowing men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.”

There’s a reason that Dan Patrick presented his case so defensively. The people he was speaking to already know that there’s no need or cause for this discriminatory legislation. In fact, everyone in that room knows why it is so potentially damaging to Texas’s economy. They know it’s a legislative HB2 train wreck looking for another place to happen and Dan Patrick is the engineer seeking a go-ahead to open the throttle for  number 6 of his top legislative priorities.

The Texas Association of Business, a powerful conservative lobby group, conducted a study in which they find Texas could lose as much as 8.5 billion in revenues should an anti-transgender bill be enacted no matter how they name it.

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The group that Dan Patrick was speaking to, the Dallas Regional Chamber a supporter of “Texas Competes” an organization that “believe(s) that in order for Texas businesses to compete for top talent, we must have workplaces and communities that are diverse and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

home-slice-pizzaOf special note, the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Sports Commission are also supporters as well as the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and 1100 other Texas business and Chambers from IBM to Home Slice Pizza.ibm
Not to mention the Texas Workforce Solutions is a supporting member representing 28 workforce boards from El Paso to Texarkana. These are the people who provide the interface between Texan job hunters and employers and understand the meaning and value of inclusivity.

There are five major cities in Texas which have transgender-inclusive human rights ordinances. None of those were enacted recently. There has never been a single case of a transgender person anywhere in Texas or the USA being arrested and convicted while violating a law meant to protect women and children in public accommodations.

On November 11, 2015, the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to make minor changes to its existing non-discrimination ordinance, clarifying that the ordinance prohibits discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, and public accommodation. The existing Ordinance enacted in 2002 included transgender people under sexual orientation leading to some ambiguity. — Media Matters.

There are now 12 Texas cities with populations of more than 100,000 that have some rules or legislation in place to protect residents or city employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

If Dan Patrick was truly concerned about the welfare of the states children he would make his priority addressing the crisis that is facing the state’s Child Child protective services where at-risk children are rarely if every seen by anyone as the state has had to resort to employing unqualified underpaid case workers.

Fixing the broken cash-strapped educational system that doesn’t teach sex education or condom use.
…so it’s no wonder that..

Texas has the 5th highest adolescent pregnancy  rate compared to other states.

Austin is number one followed by Dallas and San Antonio as the cities with the most frequent positive STD tests .

Texas ranked eighth most likely place to catch an STD after a litany of other ‘bible belt’ states.

Hate like a cancer is spreading across our country but in the case of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and the Texas GOP it’s incurable. The only way to stop it is to cut it out of our political system. We as americans, deserve to live without fear of persecution.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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