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Virginia's proposed "trans bathroom bill" also requires schools to out trans students

Two states, Virginia and Texas, are on the brink of introducing bills in their states that would potentially limit rights of transgender people. "We are on the right side of history". A similar piece of legislation died in committee a year ago, and the state's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, has vowed to veto such bills. The bill would also ensure all public buildings (libraries, schools, city offices, etc.) only offer bathrooms divided by biological sex, and allow for private businesses to decide for themselves whether they want to accommodate trans customers. Yes, nearly a year after North Carolina saw business flee and its reputation plummet after passing a similar law last spring, the lone state state is moving forward with their own bathroom bill, and setting the stage for a new showdown over LGBTQ rights. "Texans should feel safe and secure when they enter any intimate facility, so I applaud the work of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Kolkhorst for fighting to protect women and children from those who might use access to such facilities for nefarious purposes".

"Make no mistake, Robertson added, "the invidious intent of SB6 is to deny transgender Texans the ability to participate in public life".

Dubbing the bathroom bill the Orwellian-sounding "Texas Privacy Act", he has insisted that it is needed to protect men from going into women's restrooms.

"The Super Bowl is set for 5:30 p.m. on February 7", Patrick said, responding to concerns from business groups in the state that the bill will stifle economic competitiveness.

Patrick's wide-reaching bill applies to all public accommodation areas in all Texas government buildings, including public education campuses, from elementary schools to colleges and universities.

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On Dec. 31, a federal judge in Texas ordered a halt to President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen transgender rights.

AUSTIN, TEXAS-Keep Texas Open for Business strongly opposed Senate Bill 6, calling out the just-filed "Texas Privacy Act", as discriminatory, anti-business, and unnecessary legislation that is poised to have an immediate and detrimental impact on Texas' economy. "Transgender people are more likely to be the victims", he said in an interview.

Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, called the filing of SB 6 "simply unacceptable".

On Thursday, Kolkhorst said she filed the legislation "not to start a controversy but to end one".