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Texans testify against transgender bathroom bill through the night


Transgender Texans, and parents of transgender children, flocked to a Capitol hearing that began before midnight and lasted until the early morning to oppose a bill that would block cities and school districts from enacting or enforcing transgender-friendly restroom policies.

Several choked back tears as they decried House Bill 2899 as discriminatory, recalling years of rejection, harassment and fear about something most people take for granted – going to a public restroom.

“Trans people, we can choose not to transition and hate ourselves, or we can step out and be authentic and often invite hatred upon ourselves merely by existing,” said Emmett Schelling of San Antonio. “This basically green lights citizens who might have a bias already to openly be worse than they already are.”

Of 72 people who testified over five hours, 66 opposed HB 2899. Several told the House State Affairs Committee that they avoided eating and drinking at work or at school to avoid having to use the bathroom.

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