Texas House Passes Controversial “Bathroom Bill” For Students
The controversial "bathroom bill" for Texas schools is one step close to becoming a law.
It may be a watered down version of the original, but we are one step closer to the controversial bathroom bill becoming law in Texas. Some of the things that were taken out? The original was more broad, targeting not only k-12 school but also universities, and public buildings like court houses. Now it is only directed at schools K-12. The bill requires students to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate, not the one they may personally identify with.
The bill does a compromise though, allowing transgender students to use the teacher's bathroom instead. Republican Representative Jason Villalba echoed this sentiment, stating that the bill offers protection to all kids who feel different:
“Not just those who identify as the opposite sex but those who might have surgical scars that make them uncomfortable. Those that might have physical defects that make them uncomfortable to use the same facility."
El Paso Democratic Representative Joe Moody however, says this is still a bathroom bill in the end:
“Let’s be very clear here, this is the bathroom bill. And the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people. Some people don’t want to admit that. That’s because they are ashamed. And make no mistake about it, this is shameful."
The bill isn't a law yet though. The House and the Senate passed different versions of the bill and need to work on a compromise this week.