Now you may have to check your birth certificate before going to the bathroom in Texas
Try to remember your birth gender.
The media is going to make a big deal out of a proposed law in Texas that would, just like in North Carolina, direct transgender people to the bathroom of their “biological sex.” The media should absolutely report on institutional discrimination and the controversial law should be a storyline in the marathon run-up to Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5.
But the Texas law, Senate Bill 6, is only a buzzworthy backdrop to the biggest sports event in the world because of its similarities to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which weakened anti-discrimination protections in that state for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
And the only reason the sports world cared much about HB2 is because, in protest of the law, the NBA pulled the All-Star Game out of Charlotte and the NCAA yanked all of its championship events out of the state, including the first two rounds of the March Madness tournament.
With a similar law introduced in Texas, calls to pull the Super Bowl out of that state are sure to follow. That’s not going to happen. Not a month before The Big Game.