Texans Flood Statehouse to Speak Out Against ‘Bathroom Bills’

Transgender Texans, along with their families, friends and supporters, lined up for hours Friday morning to register to speak at the state legislature — demanding to be heard by the Texas Senate Affairs Committee as it gathered to consider two bills.

Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 91 are nearly identical pieces of legislation, both aimed at banning transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity in schools and other state-owned buildings in Texas. The bills specifically mandate that restrooms be used only according to the sex on a person’s birth certificate, regardless of current gender.

Image: Angie Castro speaks at a rally against a "bathroom bill" at the Texas Capitol in Austin

Angie Castro, mother of a transgender child, speaks at a rally against a “bathroom bill” at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, U.S., July 21, 2017.