Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Correspond With Birth Gender

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

Senate Bill 6, also known as the Texas Privacy Act, was filed by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R–Brenham, on Friday.

The measure is three pronged: It prohibits local municipalities from creating ordinances that control restroom usage at private businesses, requires those who use lavatories or locker rooms at government buildings and schools to use the men’s room if they were born a man and vice versa, and increases criminal penalties for crimes committed in restrooms, dressing rooms or locker rooms.

“A political subdivision or state agency with control over multiple-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities in a building owned or leased by this state or the political subdivision, as applicable, shall develop a policy requiring each multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility located in the building to be designated for and used only by persons of the same biological sex,” S.B. 6 reads in part.

The bill will still allow schools to make a determination on a case-by-case basis, and the rules would not apply when a private entity rents a government-run building.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference about the Privacy Act following its filing, advising that it will be a legislative priority for lawmakers. Protesters gathered inside the capitol building, holding signs and chanting “shame” in opposition to the proposal.

“The people of Texas elected us to stand up for common decency, common sense and public safety,” Patrick said in a statement. “This legislation codifies what has been common practice in Texas and everywhere else forever—that men and women should use separate, designated bathrooms.”

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“S.B. 6 also ensures that businesses have the freedom to determine their own bathroom policies and that no public school can institute a bathroom policy that allows boys to go in girls restrooms, showers and locker rooms and girls to go in boys restrooms, showers and locker rooms,” he said.

Family groups applauded the move.

“The State of Texas has a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all Texans—especially in government buildings,” said Nicole Hudgens, policy analyst for Texas Values Action. “This law ensures common sense; men and boys should not be in girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.”

“Since some local governments and school boards in Texas continue to push for allowing boys and men into girls bathrooms, we need a state law to have basic, consistent and transparent standards on this important issue across the state,” she opined.

But transgender advocacy groups expressed outrage over the matter, asserting that the measure is discriminatory and will result in harm to the Texas economy.

“After having watched the debacle in North Carolina, it is shocking that the lieutenant governor would be so intent on pursuing S.B. 6. It’s unnecessary, discriminatory and inconsistent with the constitutional value of equal protection for all,” Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director for the ACLU of Texas, remarked in a statement.

“And that’s to say nothing of the havoc it will wreak on the Texas economy should it pass,” she asserted. “Make no mistake—the invidious intent of SB6 is to deny transgender Texans the ability to participate in public life.”

Several other states also saw similar bills filed this week, including in Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota and Virginia.


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  • Amos Moses

    Dont mess with Texas …………….

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      It is the backbone of USA, so it seems.

  • james blue

    This site doesn’t allow links, but using the search engine of your choice do an image search of “female to male transgender” and you will see pictures of the “women” who this law will require to share a locker room or restroom with our wives and daughters.

    • Jason Todd

      Which is not in any way relevant to this discussion.

      • james blue

        How so?

        • Jason Todd

          To repeat what I said above:

          It’s not relevant because it has nothing to do with the bill or its intent.

          It’s all about whether women and girls have a right to be by themselves in the name of safety, security or privacy.

          And people like you are saying men should be able to encroach these areas.

          If that’s not misogynist, I do not know what is.

          • james blue

            It has everything to do with the bill.

            The bill requires transgender people to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender on their birth certificate.

            SO do as I suggested and look at the trans people who changed to men who under this bill will have to use the women’s rooms. Don’t forget that these “women” who under this bill will have to use women’s rooms are attracted to other women.

            Apparently you don’t not what misogyny is.

          • Jason Todd

            Since you wish to take this outside the parameters of the bill and its intent this is notice your attempts will not be entertained. Move on.

          • james blue

            It’s not outside the parameters. This is what the bill will do.

            Ignoring facts doesn’t make them go away.

          • Jason Todd

            The simple fact of it all is you are using a red herring to justify opposition to the basic concept of keeping men out of a restroom with a six-year-old girl.

            Sit down and shut up.

          • james blue

            Not a red herring. It’s what the bill will do whether you wish to acknowledge it or not.

          • Jason Todd

            So you won’t admit you oppose the bill because you favor male perverts over biological females?

            Neat!

          • james blue

            OOOkay…well I’m a sane adult so…….

          • Jason Todd

            Sane adults don’t think a grown man should be in a restroom, a dressing room, or a locker room, that is designated for females.

          • james blue

            I have to ask, are you on some kind of medication?

          • Jason Todd

            Because I think females should never have to be in constant fear no matter where they go?

            Go to hell.

            Blocked.

          • james blue

            Oh what to do? I’ll no longer have your intellectually challenged replies to read.

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            This is not opposition to keeping men out of restrooms with girls. That is already illegal. This is legalizing discrimination against transgenders.

          • Jason Todd

            While throwing actual, biological females under the bus.

            Spare me the Brown25.

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            Women were never in danger from transgenders. Transgenders are the ones at risk.

          • Jason Todd

            Red herring. Try again.

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            Not a red herring

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            This is a bill that “protects” women against something they weren’t at risk of, and puts transgenders in real danger.

          • Jason Todd

            Again, red herring. You downplay and dismiss the very real and reasonable concerns of actual females…why?

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            It isn’t real or reasonable concern. The real concern is men who are obviously men who accost women either directly or indirectly (through planted cameras) and this is already addressed by existing laws. Trans women look like women and are not a threat to women, and they have used women’s restrooms for decades if not longer without incident. But they are at extreme risk if discovered (by men, who seem really threatened by the notion of trans women, kind of like yourself I gather)

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            This is a veiled attempt to harass and discriminate against a very small number of people who are at much higher risk of violence. It will only be enforceable in schools and workplaces where everyone knows everyone. Public toilets where you don’t know people will not be enforced. You’ve had trans men in your restrooms with you and never knew it.

          • Jason Todd

            Yeah, something is wrong with me because I think women should be protected instead of thrown under the bus.

            Self-hating woman, you are. Assuming you are a biological female.

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            Your pointless ranting and baseless claims are noted. As is your homophobia and bigotry, as well as your complete lack of empathy for others. When you can actually demonstrate how this law protects women more than the laws we already have, let me know.

          • Jason Todd

            Yeah, and nonsense words like “homophobia” or calling someone a bigot because they don’t think women should be raped in the restroom?

            Blocked.

          • Lisa Keith-Lucas

            Nice try. Trans women don’t rape women in restrooms, dude.

  • Roy Hobs

    Common Sense……………….the New endangered species.

  • Lisa Keith-Lucas

    So how exactly is this going to be enforced? Paid bathroom attendants checking birth certificates?

    Trans people have been using the rest rooms of their adopted gender for generations. They don’t look out of place at all.

    • Jason Todd

      And exactly how do you know this, Lisa? Have you been personally checking the genitalia of everyone that enters the ladies’ room for generations?

      Specious argument dead on arrival.

      • Lisa Keith-Lucas

        You think transgender is a recent phenomenon, do you?

  • Michael C

    Well ladies, I sure hope you enjoy sharing the bathroom with men like Michael Hughes, Aydian Dowling, Kingston Farady, and Shawn Stinson.

    If these Texas legislators have their way, these men will be legally required to use the same facilities as your wives, mothers, and daughters.

    • Neonic

      * gasp *

      Oh, dear!

    • james blue

      It would be interesting to see the reaction if transgender activists actually started doing it deliberately

      • Michael C

        Michael Hughes did basically just that (for illustrative purposes only). He posted a few pictures of himself in the ladies room under the hashtag #wejustneedtopee. He was very careful and respectful about it, however. He made sure that the restrooms were not occupied by unsuspecting women.

        I can imagine that it could potentially be quite traumatic for a woman to encounter a man like Michael Hughes in the ladies’ room. Thankfully, he and just about every other transgender person in the country have enough respect for their neighbors to use the appropriate restroom.

        I find it shocking that Lois Kolkhorst wants to make a law requiring people to use the wrong facilities.

        • james blue

          Not sure posting pictures from inside is the best way to make a point to cause change, a few instances where the cops are called and the flaw in the law is highlighted probably would. It seems silly that such would have to occur to make that point and sad that such actions are still needed in these times, but I really don’t see many other routes.

          The real unfair part I foresee is Male to female using the men’s room will be in danger

          • Michael C

            Not sure posting pictures from inside is the best way to make a point to cause change

            The good thing about images shared on social media is it shows everyone who is affected by these types of legislative actions. It illustrates what things actually look like when transgender men and women are forced to use the wrong bathroom.

            …and it puts a face on the issue. Most of the people who read this article don’t know any transgender people. They have their own preconceptions and prejudices about trans folk. The best way to break barriers between groups is to start seeing each other as actual humans.

          • james blue

            I’m not suggesting you don’t have a point, I’m disagreeing with how the tactic will be viewed.

            IMO taking pictures inside the restroom will open a door for opponents to focus on the fact that someone is taking pictures in a bathroom instead of the reason the pictures were taken. The photographers will be painted as perverts taking pictures in toilets, not people trying to highlight a point. It gives the opportunity to portray the TG as “perps” instead of victims.

    • Jason Todd

      Your misogyny is showing.

  • bumbul

    Surely the TX Lege has better things to tend to than enacting this kind of absurd law – and claiming that it is in the best interests of children. Even kids need to learn that the world is what it is and that TG’s, too, need to go to the bathroom just as they do.

    • Radix

      No one would be shocked if you use the ladies’ room.

    • Jason Todd

      No, what’s absurd is your notion the safety, security and privacy of women and girls are expendable when it comes to maladjusted males.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Yes, do what is right, beloved America. Remember your Creator.

    • Studentenviro

      Who, George Washington?

      • Jason Todd

        Point?

        • Studentenviro

          What does that mean?

          • Jason Todd

            Do you have a point by bringing up Washington?

          • Studentenviro

            Yup, He was one of the creators of the USA, wasn’t he?

          • Jason Todd

            But the reference was to God, which you already knew.

          • Studentenviro

            I love it when people tell me what I know, even when they don’t know what I know.
            The post said “Yes, do what is right, beloved America. Remember your Creator.” Yup, the creator of America, one of whom was George Washington. No mention of any god in that text.

          • Jason Todd

            So Creator, with “C” capitalized, can’t mean God?

            You must be a special kind of stupid.

          • Studentenviro

            I’m sure it can mean god but there is nothing in the word that says it has to be interpreted as god. Other interpretations stand up just as well.

          • Jason Todd

            I know, you don’t believe in God.

            If you are right, and there’s no God, I’ve lost nothing.

            But what if you’re wrong?

          • Studentenviro

            If I’m wrong I have lost nothing. I lived by what I believed. The other problem I have is if I am wrong, which god am I wrong about? Every believer in any god, and there has been 1000’s, believes just as firmly as you do that their god is the correct god. What if there is a god but it is not the god you believe in? Which one am I supposed to follow?
            Thank you for conducting a civil discourse.

          • Jason Todd

            Hell and the lake of fire are nothing?

            I think 5 seconds after death your attitude will change, greatly and permanently.

          • Studentenviro

            There is no evidence and there has never been any evidence that “Hell and the lake of fire ” exist. No person has ever come back from the dead to report it. In fact there is no evidence there is such a thing as life after death so what am I supposed to be afraid of?
            Furthermore, you did not answer my enquiry as to what evidence you have your god is anymore real than the 1000’s of other gods people have, and still do, worship. Please give me your explanation of that.
            Thank you.

          • Jason Todd

            I said I don’t need to prove anything to you. The proof will make itself known when you die, and there will be no escape.

            Have a wonderful day.

          • Studentenviro

            Nothing will happen to me when I’m dead because dead is dead and there is nothing that shows it is otherwise. Therefore I have no problem.
            You say “The proof will make itself known when you die” what proof?
            Thank you.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Do you know George Washington? Do the US children still learn about George Washington? I heard that American liberals erased off his name from the US history textbooks. He would be very sad if he knew what his America has become of. The Lord God is the Creator of Americans and also of the entire universe. You Americans should stop blaspheming. Stop repaying the good with your evil to the Church.

        • Studentenviro

          What lord god? There is no such thing. In over 6000 years not a single piece of evidence to confirm it exists. Not one. Explain that.
          Have a wonderful day.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            He made America. USA became bad after denying Him.

          • Jason Todd

            And you have no idea what you are talking about.

          • Studentenviro

            Prove a god exists.

          • Jason Todd

            Don’t need to. I have experienced things on a very personal level, proving once and for all the existence of God. That trumps anything you have to say on the subject.

          • Studentenviro

            It may for you but that is only a personal experience which I could give you a very plausible psychological explanation for backed by theory. I still see no evidence there is any god.

          • Jason Todd

            And what you think matters not. To live like there’s no God makes you a fool.

          • Studentenviro

            Please explain to me behind the logic of your statement “To live like there’s no God makes you a fool.” Why?

          • Jason Todd

            Self evident, fool.

          • Studentenviro

            Again, why do you feel the need to try and insult someone who is trying to have a civil discourse with you? I don’t believe I have tried to insult you. Furthermore, it may be self evident to you but it is not to me, therefore, again, please explain to me the logic of your statement “To live like there’s no God makes you a fool.” Why?
            Thank you.

          • Jason Todd

            It’s already been explained. The fact you can’t grasp what everyone else knows doesn’t help you.

          • Studentenviro

            “The fact you can’t grasp what everyone else knows doesn’t help you.” That is an incorrect statement for there are millions of people throughout the world who do not believe what you believe. I have no problem with you believing whatever you want, that is your right and you are entitled to it. However, to assume everyone knows what you purport to know is a gross over generalization. It is also no excuse for bad manners.
            Furthermore, what you have is not absolute knowledge but merely a belief, for knowledge needs to be verified (in this life) to be accepted as something everyone knows.
            Have a great day.
            Thank you.

          • Mr Cleats

            Go away, little girl. No trolling here.

          • Studentenviro

            I’m sorry. Please elucidate your comment.
            Thank you so very much and have a wonderful day.

  • Nidalap

    A few years back, when our society still had some common sense, laws like this weren’t necessary…

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Many of us recognize that laws like this are still unnecessary.

  • This style 10/6

    A guy who identifies as a woman and dresses as a woman, make up, the lot, goes into a women’s washroom, enters a stall and closes the door. Unless the other users are peering over the top of the stall how is anyone to know what sex this person is?

    • Nidalap

      Except they don’t HAVE to even attempt to dress or look the part. Not anymore.
      It’s all in how they FEEL at that particular nanosecond in time.
      Are you trying to require a dress code for trans-potty time now?
      Monster…

      • This style 10/6

        I guess if they need to pee at that particular nanosecond we would have a problem. But look on the bright side, for the rest of the time when they are feeling like a man they would use a male washroom. So the chances are you wouldn’t have a problem.

        See, we can always work these things out.

        Why do you call me a monster? I am easy to get along with.

    • Jason Todd

      100% not relevant.

      • This style 10/6

        You have an odd idea of relevant.

        • Jason Todd

          It’s not relevant because it has nothing to do with the bill or its intent.

          It’s all about whether women and girls have a right to be by themselves in the name of safety, security or privacy.

          And people like you are saying men should be able to encroach these areas.

          If that’s not misogynist, I do not know what is.

          • This style 10/6

            I said nothing of the sort, just that a man dressed as a woman could go into a women’s washroom, use the stall and no one would know the difference.

            Frankly, as I am not American, I don’t care what you do in your washrooms.