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Texas Mayors Express Fear About State’s Transgender Bathroom Bill

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Texas mayors are fearful the state’s potential bathroom bill will negatively impact Texas’s economy.

Mayors throughout the state gathered at a lunch to advise the legislature against passing the bathroom bill, reports My Statesman.

“In this debate, I think we need to focus on what is working in the state of Texas,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. “We have a wide open state. We attract businesses. We attract tourists. This is a state that is friendly and welcoming.”

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said the NCAA and the NAACP might pull their events from the city over the transgender bathroom bill.

“That would have a huge, multimillion-dollar impact on our city,” Taylor said.

Senate Bill 6, also dubbed the Women’s Privacy Act, would prevent transgenders from using the bathroom according to their gender identity in public buildings and schools. Business have the freedom to create their own policies concerning transgender customers. (RELATED:Church Leaders Call Texas Bathroom Bill ‘Discriminatory’)

Other mayors think that the legislation focuses too much on the transgender issue. They want to concentrate on problems like education reform and transportation.

“The single biggest thing we’d like the legislature to focus on is reformed education and education finance,” Adler said.

Celebrities have also taken to scolding Texas over the bathroom bill. Lady Gaga and other stars signed an open letter against the bill.

“It is up to you whether these bills will become law, and we are watching. It is up to us to commit to doing everything within our power to make sure all of our fans, crews, and fellow artists feel safe and welcome, wherever we go,” the letter stated.

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