Texas is predicted to lose big time as local, national and international companies prepare to go to war over a discriminatory Republican-led bill.
It is amazing that Republicans still want to legislate what bathroom transgender people can use. On Friday night, the Texas Senate decided to pass a bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. The bill also overturns local non-discrimination ordinances that allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they want.
The bill was approved by a mostly Republican Senate committee and now will go to the full Senate for a vote.
It is amazing that Texas, the 2nd most populous state did not learn from North Carolina, that these types of discriminatory laws lead to boycotts against the state. Texas has 3 of the country’s top 10 cities and could suffer greatly. The Washington Post wrote that “If it succeeds, not only will transgender people who live in Texas be hurt but so will the state’s standing and economy.”
Although Republican politicians reject the idea that there will be economic damage to their state, full page ads have been taken out by IBM saying that they firmly oppose any legislation that will harm Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexuals, especially if it makes it harder for businesses to attract and retain talent. 14 Dallas based companies (AT&T, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, and many more) expressed in a letter to the governor their concern that the bill “would seriously hurt the state’s ability to attract new businesses, investment and jobs.”
The New York Times reported that the Episcopalian Church wrote to the Speaker of the Texas House, that they will cancel their 9-day convention in the state if the bill passes. The Washington Post wrote that, although the law has not yet passed, even just the proposal of it has cost the state 66 million in lost convention business. Convention officials say that if the measure is enacted, the state could lose about $1.4 billion from lost conventions, sports contests and other events, they said.
The Washington Post said it the best, “North Carolina eventually backed down and partially repealed its discriminatory law. Do Texas legislators really want to create a similar backlash? Will they do what’s right and smart or will they have to learn the hard way?”