Some friends of mine made a bit of history today. Former HAUSmate Maximo Cortez (pronouns he-him-his) visited our state Capitol yesterday and today, representing the Transgender Education Network of Texas.
Yesterday's visit involved a chat with the legislative staff of Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), one of the co-sponsors of this session's Senate Bill 6. This "bathroom bill" is very similar to the one that caused so much controversy in North Carolina. Despite that fact, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R-Talk Radio) has made this particular bit of legislation a public crusade of his. Kolkhorst published this op-ed in Sunday's Houston Chronicle, which you may need a digital subscription to read in its entirety; here is the counterpoint from Houston writer Elizabeth Gregory.
Today involved not just testimony against SB6, but also the filing of SB 1342, "Relating to prohibited nonconsensual genital surgery on certain minors with intersex traits," by Houston Democrat Sylvia Garcia. I have included Mo's testimony, very lightly edited, below the fold. And I must say, I love Mo's angle on this topic, pointing out that Texas may have occasional visitors with just a tiny number of public restrooms in this huge state that correspond to the sex marked on their birth certificates.
Also in Austin were performance artist Ranma Kumayama, aka Koomah (they-them-their), and other folks from Houston's increasingly vocal transgender and intersex community.
I am the survivor of nonconsensual sex changes. I was subjected to this at the age of 5 as a result of an anonymous caller turning my mother into the CPS stating that she was raising a little boy as a girl. You see, I was born with a hole in my heart and with an intersex condition where I was born with ambiguous genitals and with an insensitivity to testosterone. So, they removed my phallus as it was too small to be considered typical for a male, and too big to be considered female; and they also removed my testes.
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