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On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, unveiled Senate Bill 6 — legislation that would overturn local ordinances that allow transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity. Here are some of the reactions from readers to the bill:

Bathroom bill distracts from real problems

Hard to understand our elected leaders fixation on potty politics. Is there evidence of women being assaulted by someone using the wrong bathroom? As far as I know, transgender people have been using restrooms for years without notice or incident. Could we have facts proving a problem exists?

Claims of protecting women are curious since these folks support a man for president who walks into women’s dressing rooms and grabs, gropes, insults and demeans women publicly.

This is just another fake fear like Jade Helm that agitates and distracts from real problems that are not being addressed. Texas needs better leadership.

NORMA WATKINS, AUSTIN

Simple idea could solve bathroom controversy

As House Speaker Joe Straus has said: There are far greater priorities for our state politicians to consider than transgender bathrooms. Anyone who travels or frequents restaurants often will find single bathrooms for either gender or — as in Taiwan — a large bathroom with men’s urinals to the left (occupied!) and stalls to the right. Instead of making all school bathrooms and those in large venues available to transgender individuals, why not just provide one single lavatory for the use by anyone and continue to allow bathrooms designated for either women or men? I really don’t understand the tizzy this subject is causing. Seems like a tempest in a teapot as some might say.

JUDY ROESSET, AUSTIN

Patrick’s bill will need some amendments

Regarding Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s “bathroom bill” — I see a couple of problems. First, they still have not explained how they are going to know which bathroom someone who has — shall we say “had the procedures done” — should use. Check for surgical scars? Will Patrick personally do the checks? To make it simple, why not just amend the bill to require a brand on the forehead with your birth sex? You wouldn’t have to show your stuff each time you go to the bathroom. And what are they going to do for hermaphrodites? Build separate bathrooms just for them?

E. BRIAN GRAHAM, AUSTIN

We have yet to see man in a woman’s restroom

I am 66 and I have never seen a man in a women’s public restroom. No one I know has ever shared with me such an occurrence. So I have a hard time believing keeping women safe from sexual assault is a significant reason to pass this bathroom bill of Dan Patrick’s. When Chaz Bono is required to use the women’s restroom, then I will see a man in a women’s restroom. He has a beard, a low voice and wears men’s clothing. Do people really think that aggressive heterosexual men will dress up like women in order to gain entrance to a restroom — and that this will increase if transgender folks are allowed access to the restroom for the population they visually blend in with?

LYNN CANSLER, AUSTIN



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