This Op-Ed was written and submitted to Breitbart Texas by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst. Senator Kolkhorst represents the people of Texas Senate District 18.
In May of 2016, President Obama issued an edict that all school children could declare their own gender and use the restroom, locker room and shower of their choice.
Thankfully, the newly-appointed Attorney General has since rescinded that order, saying it was done “without due regard for the primary role of the states.”
I agree, which is why I’ve been joined by over a dozen of my fellow state senators in authoring the Texas Privacy Act (SB 6).
The bill codifies what most Texans already expect. The act designates separate showers, locker rooms and restrooms for males and females in public schools, colleges, universities and government facilities.
Let’s be clear, when we talk about a child declaring their own gender, we are talking about allowing male students to enter the female restroom and locker room. Unless we define boundaries, young men who are “curious” or hold more nefarious goals will be free to experiment, while girls and parents are left legally powerless. Schools will face lawsuits, and pit parents against school boards, as we have already seen in Fort Worth, Dripping Springs, and Pearland.
Texas must set a sensible, non-discriminatory gender policy, or someone else will do it for us.