The battle over the controversial anti-trans bathroom bills only becomes more heated as more conservatives push back and vow to take matters into their own hands in order to rob people of their right to use whatever restroom corresponds to their gender identity.
Thanks to the hate group American Family Association, a petition has been created to boycott pro-equality retailer Target after the company vowed to allow trans customers and employees to use the restrooms they felt comfortable with.
Unfortunately, bigotry in America runs deep and over one million transphobic people have signed that petition. Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator Ted Cruz even showed his support for those hateful views by releasing a campaign ad that asked, “Should a grown man pretending to be a woman be allowed to use the women’s restroom?”
It turns out, Cruz is hardly the only anti-trans Texan. Some Republican lawmakers in the state are following in Cruz’s footsteps and are actually trying to make Texas the next war zone for a “bathroom bill” dispute, taking a hint from the extremely anti-LGBT North Carolina. Many GOPers have already said they would be more than thrilled to take away the human rights of transgender people and control when and where they can go to the bathroom.
One of the most passionate leaders of this anti-trans movement developing in Texas is Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano), who recently told The Texas Tribune that he would “die on this issue.” Shaheen is apparently so passionate about this issue, that he is completely willing to drive Target out of the entire state. Shaheen said:
If Target wants to close all their stores in the state of Texas, I will go over and help them pack and help them leave. I am going to bat for my wife and my daughters.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is right behind Shaheen, and decided to create his own petition to punish businesses that allow “men to use women’s restrooms.”
The same day Patrick announced his boycott of stores that respected trans people, he told local news station NBC DFW:
Asking a man not to follow [a woman] into the bathroom…I really don’t think there’s too much controversy in that. This is common decency. This is not about equal rights. I’m totally in favor of equal rights. I’m not prejudiced against anyone. I don’t want a man, for any reason, going into a women’s bathroom or a women’s locker room.
Women don’t want to be subjected to that, and men don’t want their women to be subjected to that.
You can watch a report on the anti-trans movement in Texas below:
What anti-trans Republicans continue to ignore is the fact that transgender people pose no threat to others – in fact, they are actually more likely to be endangered or victims of assault than the general public. There have literally been ZERO instances in which a transgender person has acted inappropriately in a restroom that matched their gender identity. It has been well-documented, yet conservatives would rather fear-monger and hide behind their beliefs as an excuse to hate others that are outside of their narrow-minded view of the world. If we’re really being honest here, Republican lawmakers have done far more inappropriate things in public restrooms than transgender people ever will.
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