Bills tar­get­ing trans­gen­der bath­room ac­cess are floun­der­ing

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Bills to cur­tail trans­gen­der peo­ple’s ac­cess to pub­lic re­strooms are pend­ing in a dozen states, but even in con­ser­va­tive bas­tions such as Texas and Ar­kan­sas they may be doomed by high­pow­ered op­po­si­tion.

The bills took on a new sig­nif­i­cance this week fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­voke an Obama-era di­rec­tive in­struct­ing pub­lic schools to let trans­gen­der stu­dents use bath­rooms of their cho­sen gen­der. Con­ser­va­tive lead­ers hailed as­ser­tions by Trump ap­pointees that the is­sue was best han­dled by the states. Yet at the state level, bills that would limit trans­gen­der bath­room ac­cess are floun­der­ing even though most have sur­faced in Repub­li­can­con­trolled leg­is­la­tures that share com­mon ground po­lit­i­cally with Trump. There’s been vig­or­ous op­po­si­tion from busi­ness groups and a no­table lack of sup­port from sev­eral GOP gov­er­nors.

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