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Say No to the Bathroom Bill: An Open Letter to the Texas Governor

Bathroom Bill Needs to Be Flushed: An Open Letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott

The Bathroom Bill and other hateful legislation is being debated in a special session in Texas. Here is an open letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott–one of several I’ve penned recently.

Governor Greg Abbott

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, TX 78711-2428

(512) 463-2000

Dear Governor Abbott:

Texas has a chance to make its mark in business, in education,  and in society in general. While there is always room for improvement, HB 46, HB 50, SB 23, and especially SB 6– the so-called “Bathroom Bill”–will not elevate us as Texans either economically or ethically.

Unfortunately, SB 6, the so-called “Bathroom Bill”, will not pave the way towards these improvements. SB 6, as well as other bills — HB 46HB 50, and SB 23–unfairly target and discriminate against trans-gendered people. Worse, they are technically unnecessary, as Texas already has laws on the books that prohibit sexual assault, the main argument that you and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick are making: Texas Penal Code – PENAL § 22.011. Sexual Assault certainly comes to mind here.

Texas is supposed to be the “Friendship State,” not the “Bathroom State.”

Frankly, we as Texans have more pressing matters to attend to. I know it can be difficult to separate personal, spiritual convictions from professional ones. I know it can be even more difficult to say, “I may have been a bit hasty in my actions and am feeling at the mercy of my personal biases.” (We all have biases, and they do make human).

You have the chance to take the high road here: to focus on educational and other needs of Texans–to encourage a love of science and literacy at all levels, for instance–instead of worrying which people, with or without a penis, are using which bathroom.

Let’s follow the Golden Rule here.

Blessings to you, and thank you for your consideration,

Lisa Wall

Saying No to the Bathroom Bill: Texas (No) Hold’Em

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