Religious Leaders and Transgender Supporters Address Texas Bathroom Bill


Dozens of religious leaders from across the Lone Star State came together to show their support for Senate Bill 3, also known as the Bathroom Bill or Privacy Act.

It would require Texans to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers that match the gender on their birth certificate. Supporters argue the bill protects the privacy and safety of Texans especially women and children.

"You can't cause something equal, when you're taking away the rights of others. One of the things that we're here and we want to make it clear that we represent, and that is the fact, that the speaker of the house needs to let the house vote," Pastor Willie Davis, Macgregor Palm Community Baptist Church, Houston, TX.

"The state government says that men should go into the men's restroom, and women should go into the women's restroom. That should apply to our counties, our cities, and our school districts," Sen Lois Kolkhorst (R) Brenham.

Following the rally outside, the group gathered in the Capitol rotunda for prayer. They also delivered letters supporting the privacy legislation to lawmakers. A short time later, transgender rights activists participated in a round table discussion focusing on SB-3 and the impact they say it has already made.

The group, including several transgender kids and adults and their families, also talked about how the bill would affect Texans if it became law.

"Please stop discrimination in Texas. You're hurting our kids, you're hurting families, you're hurting your own constituents. My daughter is not a pawn in your game, none of our kids are. Do right by our kids, do right by our Texans, and stop this nonsense now," Chelsa Morrison, Mother of Trans Child in Dallas.

"Do the right thing, reject the politics of discrimination and hate. Voters are watching and history will judge," Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign.

Opponents of the bill say it puts the safety of transgender people in danger allowing them to become targets for discrimination.


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