Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick, the outspoken backer of SB 6 – Women’ Privacy Act isn’t worried about transgender men who might discomfort him with their presence in the men’s room. Most likely he dismisses them as tomboys or misguided lesbians. In any case, Patrick’s sure he could beat them up if need be.
“In fact, the Women’s Privacy and Business Protection Act that the lieutenant governor intends to support will ensure that sexual predators, like those who exploit the internet, will not be able to freely enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms or showers and that businesses are not forced by local ordinances to allow men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms.”
‘This legislation does not discriminate against any individual or target any group.’
Lt. Gov. Patrick has already stated that SB 6 will make it illegal for transgender women to use public bathrooms in fitting with their gender identity. He told the Houston Chronicle the ban would not extend to women and transgender men using men’s bathrooms ‘because men can defend themselves.’
Dan Patrick publicly said that there was no rational or legal reason for laws that discriminate against transgender people while talking to the Greater Dallas Chamber of Conference this summer.
“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.”
You can bet your bottom Texas dollar that this demagogue isn’t concerned about the welfare of transgender men, or cisgender woman for that matter
Notable differences in the health of women and children exist across – and often even within – states according to some of the key findings of United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report. The new report includes an in-depth look at more than 60 measures of health and well-being, selected by a steering group of women’s and children’s health experts.
Other key findings includes:
Majority of U.S. Children – nine out of 10 babies and eight out of 10 children – receiving recommended well–visits with health care provider
Report highlights role of home and community environment in a child’s health
Texas has dropped to number 41 in the 2016 state ranking for woman and children’s health.
Texas woman ranked the worst nationally in
- Uninsured (% women aged 18-44) Massachusetts, 3.6% Texas, 28.3% 7.9
- Home Health Visit (% children aged 0-3) Minnesota, 30.6% Texas, 3.7% 8.3
I think Dan Patrick should reconsider his priorities. I’m sure there are quite a few trans men who would think so too.
“Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians — that appeals to the worst nature of people.”