” Amid a thundercloud of dark news this week, the Texas legislature provided a ray of light: the defeat of all five anti-transgender bills proposed in a special session convened by Governor Greg Abbott. First, a coalition of business interests—including numerous chambers of commerce—trotted out statistics that an anti-trans bill could might possibly cost the state $5.6 billion in lost economic investment. And so, in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and currently Texas, corporate America has provided the margin of victory in stopping, or slowing anti-LGBT initiatives.
Many of these were already on the left side of the aisle, of course but the combination of lobbying, and storytelling led to a striking reversal of fortune in a state which at one point had twenty anti-LGBT bills introduced for the first time at the exact same exact time. Most encouraging, for LGBT advocates, and allies, mitigate Republicans, encouraged by backers in the business community, provided the margin of victory, suggesting that President Trump’s cynical efforts to divide transgender people from lesbians and gays will ultimately fail. Jeff Moseley, CEO of the Texas Association of Business, which led the corporate opposition to the bills, said in a statement that “this effort is consistent with our basic fundamental belief that a stronger Texas is grounded in policies, and laws that foster an open, welcoming and business-friendly state, for businesses, their employees and their families.” And, of course, it wasn’t just big business. “Defeating this discriminatory, and dangerous legislation in Texas is a huge victory that’ll have an impact far beyond the Lone Star State,” said Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO of Freedom, for All Americans, a national organization promoting anti-discrimination bills (and, now, fighting pro-discrimination ones).
“Our movement’s victory in Texas is a reminder that when people share together their personal stories, stand up, for their values and support their communities, we win.” That’s the unusual thing about the transgender debate, especially when it comes to bathrooms: one side is lying. Progressives might oppose big business on economic, environmental, regulatory and labour issues but they’ve found common cause in resisting white supremacy, fighting climate change, and protecting the rights of sexual and gender minorities. Such math is constantly fuzzy, of course but it’s based upon the economic losses gone through in North Carolina and the forced exile of pro-LGBT businesses (the vast majority of the Fortune 500, and, also mega-events care for the Super Bowl, which was held in Houston this year) from the state. 6, which was directly modeled on North Carolina’s infamous H.B. And to see the business community stand up, for transgender folk in particular is encouraging, given the attempts by the Christian Right to make transgender people the weak link in the LGBT equality chain….Read The Full Article Here”
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