Texas state house passes bill on transgender bathroom use

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A “bathroom bill” proposed in Texas passed the state’s House on Monday. It would require transgender students at public and charter schools to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender of birth, not the gender of their choice.

The bill may allow for children with gender identity issues, or even privacy issues, to use a separate, single-occupancy restroom.

The Texas House approved the legislation proposed by Republican’s in a 94-50 vote. The bill moves on to the Texas Senate for approval, which is also under GOP control.

The measure would require all public schools, including open-enrollment charter schools, to direct students to use their birth gender to determine which bathroom and locker room to use.

Democrats say the bill is really an attack on transgender students, and that this “shameful amendment” is a political maneuver. They failed to get an amendment for an “opt-out” option on the bill.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not publicly commented about the legislation, but he has said he would address the transgender bathroom issue. If Abbott signs the bill into law, Texas will become the second state to have a bathroom law of this nature.

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