Texas parties divided over Senate Bill 6

“All we gotta do is tinkle and get out.”

According to Alexa Ura’s article in the Texas Tribune March 7, 2017, that is how Marilyn Morrison, an 8-year-old transgender girl from Grapevine, TX, expressed her opinion on the Texas “bathroom bill” that the Senate spent most of yesterday debating.

Senate Bill 6 has polarized parties over privacy rights and protection against discrimination, Chuck Lindell wrote in an article for My Statesman on March 6, 2017.

Ura’s article also states that legislators proposed this bill to prevent “people from taking advantage of trans-inclusive bathroom policies for nefarious reasons.”

Requiring transgenders to use restrooms based on the sex recorded on their birth certificates, however, could create even more tension. Ura quotes Rev. S. David Wynn of Fort Worth, a transgender man who dons a full beard, saying, “I guarantee you there’s going to be a problem if I show up in a woman’s bathroom.”

When it comes to the bathroom situation in schools, districts can handle issues as they come so that they can balance the rights of all students. Such can be seen in the case of Benjamin Elder, a transgender boy whom Ura featured in another article for the Texas Tribune on June 14, 2016.

When seen from a child’s perspective, it becomes clear. The divide over the “bathroom bill” has been blown out of proportion. Schools can create transgender policies to accommodate students based on their specific needs without an act of Congress.

To resolve the fear over privacy, legislators need to focus on creating laws that can both prevent the misuse of trans-inclusive policies and protect the rights of minorities, especially children.

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