[1/11/17] Legislators in three states — Texas, Virginia and Kentucky — will consider bills similar to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” which requires people in government-owned buildings to use bathrooms aligning with the actual genitalia they currently possess.
In Texas, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate Bill 6, dubbed the “Women’s Privacy Act,” earlier this month.
If passed, the bill will force transgender individuals to use bathrooms in public schools, in government buildings and on public university campuses according to their genitalia — not the way they feel about their gender identity or to the way they are dressed.
The bill would also preempt any city ordinances which allow transgender individuals and various other cross-dressers to choose the bathroom they prefer to use.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described the bill as a way to prevent sexual predators from preying on women while in the bathroom.
“We know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Patrick said, according to The Texas Tribune. “But we know we’re on the right side of the issue. We’re on the right side of history. You can mark today as the day Texas is drawing a line in the sand and saying no.”
A lobbying group representing Texas business owners has criticized the proposed transgender bathroom legislation, citing fear of losing business.
In Virginia, meanwhile, socially conservative Republican lawmaker Robert G. Marshall filed a January 2017 bill which would compel everyone to use the bathroom consistent with the sex listed on their birth certificates.