Chuck Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Equality Texas, issued the following statement:
“Today, the Texas Senate took another step toward passage of the lie that is SB6. Purported to be legislation about privacy and safety, SB6 is actually intended to discriminate against transgender Texans and inhibit their participation in public life. While supporters of SB6 claim it will keep men out of women’s bathrooms, the opposite is actually true. The passage of SB6 will force men – transgender men – to use women’s facilities. As a coalition we will continue to work diligently together to confront all of the lies and fear-mongering used to confuse Texans. The advancement of SB6 will be difficult for everyone, especially for transgender Texans and their families. Voting for discriminatory legislation like SB6 is a complicit act of violence and will only incite fear and put the most vulnerable people in our community at further risk. We will stand together; we will support & comfort one another; and we will continue to work together until we have defeated every bill this session which seeks to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans.”
“While supporters of SB6 claim it will keep men out of women’s bathrooms, the opposite is actually true. The passage of SB6 will force men – transgender men – men like me to use women’s facilities,” said Transgender Program Coordinator Lou Weaver.