Category Archives: Sexual + Gender Identity

All-Texas News | Transgender & Intersex

Anti-trans “bathroom bill” officially filed
  • Senate Bill 6 (a.k.a. the “Texas Privacy Act”) will force trans and intersex individuals to use the bathrooms associated with their “biological sex” when in government buildings, public universities, and public schools.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, the bill defines “biological sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person ’s birth certificate,” which, in additional to being unreflective of scientific reality, discriminates against intersex and other non-cisgender communities.
  • The bill also pre-empts local nondiscrimination ordinances from providing local protections and subjects violating institutions to financial penalty, though it exempts private entities leasing public buildings such as stadiums, convention centers, and entertainment venues.
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All-Texas News | Trans Women (Project Solidaire | December 2016)

Central Texas News | Drag/Queer

Two drag performers physically assaulted in Austin
  • The performers—Robbie “Serotonin” Foster and an unidentified friend—were attacked as they left BarGayz, a weekly queer-oriented dance night at the downtown bar Barbarella.
  • Police reported that a car pulled up beside the two and an unidentified person got out and attacked them, including breaking one of their legs with the car as the assailant drove away.
  • As of December 30th, the attacker remains at large, and police have not yet indicated if they are pursuing hate crime charges.

Read:
Drag performers attacked after leaving bar near Sixth Street” (KXAN | December 2016)

Additional:
Benefit for Serotonin and Nicholas (Facebook)
Help Serotonin’s Recovery (GoFundMe)

Related:
Transgender people hit hard by violence, depression and poverty, survey finds” (The Dallas Morning News | December 2016)
APD teaming up to launch LGBT safety initiative” (KVUE | April 2016)

(Image Credit: via GoFundMe)

All-Texas News | Transgender Women

Anti-trans restroom bill targeting trans women announced for 2017
  • SB 6 (also called the “Women’s Privacy Act”) would criminalize the use of women’s restrooms by trans women, similar to the controversial HB2 bill in North Carolina that legislators failed to repeal and has cost the state more than $395 million in business.
  • The bill makes no stipulations as to restroom usage by trans men because, according to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, “men can defend themselves.”
  • The Texas Association of Business condemned the proposed legislation, citing the increase in pro-inclusion attitudes and potential damage of up to $8.5 billion to the Texas economy.

Read:
Lt. Governor Patrick Announces Top Ten Legislative Priorities (Office of the Lieutenant Governor, November 2016)
New Transphobic ‘Bathroom Bill’ Targets Trans Women but Not Trans Men” (Broadly)
Texas Republicans dismiss business fears over anti-LGBTI legislation” (Gay Star News)