The Texas House of Representatives has ended its special session without passing an anti-transgender “bathroom bill.”
Straus and Cook were reportedly worried about economic consequences such as those faced by North Carolina after it passed House Bill 2, which included restroom restrictions for transgender people along with several other anti-LGBT provisions. Straus, however, also went on record as saying he didn’t want to be responsible for the suicide of any Texan. Trans people are at high risk for suicide, especially when their gender identity is not affirmed.
SB 6 would have required students, staff, and visitors in public schools to use the restrooms and other single-sex facilities matching the gender on their birth certificate or an ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and would put the same restriction on those using facilities in buildings overseen by local governments. It would also override portions of city ordinances that allow trans people to use the restrooms of their choice.
The state capitol was the site of numerous demonstrations both for and against the legislation throughout the regular and special sessions. In public hearings held during the regular session, people testifying against the bill far outnumbered those speaking in support of it.