Target: Representative Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
Goal: Reject discriminatory “bathroom bill” that restricts the rights of the trans community.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick has introduced a bill that would force members of the trans community to use the restroom of the gender of which they were born, barring them from using the restroom of the gender of which they identify. This discriminatory bill, similar to the one so controversial in North Carolina, severely restricts the rights of the trans community.
Patrick, like other representatives who have proposed similar bills, defends his efforts by arguing that allowing trans men and women to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender identity will allow men to disguise themselves as women in order to attack and assault women. This claim is not only unsubstantiated by any evidence, but perpetuates a false and hateful rumor that vilifies the trans community.
It will be trans men and women who are put in danger if this bill is made law. The government cannot and should not tell people how they identify. Sign the petition to demand that the bill be rejected and the rights of the transgender community protected.
Dear Representative Straus,
A bill similar to the “bathroom bill” in North Carolina has recently been introduced by Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, restricting the right of the transgender community to use the bathroom of the gender of which they identify. This bill is nothing short of discrimination and will severely regress the progress America has made and continues to make in regards to the LGBTQ community.
The government has no right to decide which gender an individual may identify as. Its defense, that women are put in danger by the trans community, is one that is without evidence and based only on hateful bigotry. As a representative of the people of Texas, you have the duty to protect all citizens, both cisgender and transgender. I demand that you and your fellow state congressmen and women reject this discriminatory bill.
[Your Name Here]
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