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Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Bathroom Privacy Bills Friday

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of people are expected to testify Friday morning at the Texas Capitol during a hearing about two newly proposed bathroom privacy bills.

The Senate’s State Affairs committee will conduct the hearing on SB 3 and SB 91 filed by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham.

Among those who will testify is 15-year-old Alex Pettigrew, a transgender boy from Garland. “I’m angry about the legislation.”

On Thursday, he packed his bags for the drive down to Austin. “I’m happy to go down to testify for my basic human rights, but I don’t think I should have to do that in the first place.”

If SB 3 or SB 91 is approved, people would have to use the multi-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms in local government buildings and public schools that match their birth gender.

Cathie Adams, a grandmother and national board member of the conservative group, Eagle Forum praises the legislation. “I absolutely support this bill. The grassroots are very enlivened and want this bill finished, passed.”

Adams and other supporters say this isn’t about transgender people, but about keeping sexual predators out of women’s and girls’ bathrooms and locker-rooms.

But Pettigrew says he believes transgender people are being unfairly targeted. “If a pervert were to go into…

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