TLDEF Condemns Two New Anti-Transgender Bills in Texas

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Advocacy, Discrimination, LGBT Hate Crimes, politics, Texas, Transgender
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TLDEF: TLDEF Condemns Two New Anti-Transgender Bills in Texas.

March 13, 2015 – TLDEF strongly denounces new proposed legislation in Texas that singles out transgender people for harsh discrimination. Introduced by Republican State Representative Gilbert Peña on March 10, House Bills 2801 and 2802 come on the heels of a string of bills targeting transgender people, including a prior bill in Texas, and similar ones in Kentucky, Florida and Minnesota.

House Bill 2801 would require schools to adopt policies prohibiting transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are as boys and girls.  It would also make schools liable for a minimum of $2,000 in damages that schools would have to pay to students who complain that they encountered a transgender student in a prohibited bathroom.

House Bill 2802 would make it a class B misdemeanor for transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as men and women.  Violators would be punished by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. It would also give those who simply encounter transgender people in prohibited restrooms the ability to sue them for punitive damages of $2,000 and unlimited additional damages “for mental anguish.”

These bills come just weeks after Texas Republican State Representative Debbie Riddle introduced House Bill 1748 that would make it a crime for any transgender person over 12 to use a bathroom that matches their true self. That bill would punish transgender people with jail time of up to one year and fines of up to $4,000 for its violation. HB 1748 would also make it a felony for anyone who runs a public place like a restaurant to allow transgender people access to bathrooms they are prohibited from using under the terms of the bill. The violator could be punished by up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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