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Action Alert: Transgender Texans Under Attack
Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm

House Bill 1747 and House Bill 1748, both by Rep. Debbie Riddle, are attacks on the ability of Texans to use the gender-segregated space appropriate to their gender.

Use our ACTION CENTER to tell Rep. Riddle and your State Representative what you think!

Transgender Texans, like all Texans, need to use public restrooms without fear for their safety or security. HB 1747 amends the definition of “disorderly conduct” to make it a crime for transgender Texans who have not been fortunate enough to correct their official gender markers, or choose not to, to use public gender-segregated space appropriate to their gender identity or expression. Criminalizing basic bodily functions puts Texans at risk.

HB 1748 creates two new offenses: making it a state jail felony for most business owners if they repeatedly allow a person who has at least one “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for women, or a person with no “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for men; and making it a Class “A” misdemeanor for a person with at least one “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for women or a person without a “Y” chromosome to enter a space designated for men. The overwhelming majority of Texans have never been genetically tested and have no proof whatsoever as to their chromosomal makeup. Access to gender-segregated space should be based on gender, and only gender… not on assumptions of genetics.

Use our ACTION CENTER  to Contact Rep. Riddle and your state representative. Tell them to oppose HB 1747 and HB 1748.