A few years ago while sitting in an Austin midtown hotel restaurant, I observed a very interesting reaction on the part of almost every man in the place. A low wall separated the tables from the main hall leading back to the convention rooms.

A group of four tall very attractive young women walked past, confident and beautiful in tight causal business attire. Every man’s neck almost snapped turning toward them as conversations were suspended in mid-sentence and quiet whistles exhaled. The women’s entrance was a showstopper for sure.

I smiled. What dummies we men are sometimes, especially when not thinking with our brains. An older woman with short gray hair guiding the group looked over at me and nodded. Still smiling, I got up and approached the group greeting each one. A quick glance back revealed dumbfounded looks on many of the men’s faces — probably thinking, how does that older guy rate?

The young women asked to visit the restroom before presenting at our conference. Into the women’s room they went. After their excellent, heartfelt panel, they left. Again, more men gawking.

The topic of their presentation was living as transgender people. I did not know any transgender people — and still don’t that I am aware of. They told their struggle of discovery, coming out, rejection, often by family members, suicidal thoughts, sometimes surgery and finally acceptance by an unknowing society.

My guess is that many of the legislature, male dominated, would have eyed the women with lust as well. Some would have rushed to the restroom if the woman had been forced by Texas law to use the men’s room. Then what? Should priests be banned from men’s rooms?

In an effort to further divide our country, the alt-right is attacking anyone different than them through government intervention. They campaign on smaller government platform, yet when they gain more power it is a different story.

Women’s bodies are controlled by them, children’s health care is cut, and the poor are socially engineered.

Now in addition to transgender folks, Texas business owners and taxpayers will pay the price of bigotry and hate.

Well, there aren’t too many gypsies in the United States, so I guess plan B is to strike at those transgender people. At least the president will know not to grab the groin of a woman walking into the men’s room.

P.S. Save your hate emails, I am a 67-year-old privileged white male. I am empowered to be pompous, always correct and exempt from having my facts ever questioned. Right Pres?

Alvin Sallee lives in Galveston.

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(31) comments

Carlos Ponce

First of all the "Privacy Act" is not aimed at the transgendered. It is designed to protect women and children in the privacy of a public restroom. Under Texas law the transgendered can get the sex on their birth certificate changed a lot easier than the actual procedure of changing their bodies. So where's the problem????
And the term "privileged white male" is a RACIST term. But if you gain comfort from using that term, go for it. Just pat yourself on the head if you think that your race matters to anyone. I look at people by the content of their character not by the color of their skin.

Cary Semar

Your reasoning makes your cause absurd. How does the bill protect anyone? I don't see it. And since surgery is not required to change your birth certificate, what about the hordes of sex crazed males getting their birth certificates changed, changing their dress, lifestyle and learning to speak in soprano voices so they can sneak into the ladies for a peek?

You can't be serious. This idiotic law would create endless problems, if people actually obeyed it. I hope they are not that stupid.

Carlos Ponce

No, Cary, it will add an arsenal to the law enforcement agencies who arrest then prosecute the offending parties. Do stop signs and red light signals actually stop drivers? No, but when you're caught...........
Members of the LGBTQ community will not see any difference. And it takes a little more than filling out a form. Attached must be either:
(a) a certified copy of a court order granting a name and gender change and one document (e.g. passport, hospital record of birth, etc.), or
(b) certification by a licensed physician that you have undergone the surgery necessary to warrant gender reclassification. So "hordes of sex crazed males getting their birth certificates changed" simply will not happen, at least in Texas.
http://trans-identity-documents.tumblr.com/post/100625062875/how-to-changing-gender-markers-in-texas

Kelly Naschke

I have lost all respect for Mr. Sallee. His attempt to malign, alienate and discriminate against one particular socioeconomic group is tantamount to the very same ideology he castigates in his article. Typical liberal hypocrisy at its finest. Thanks for showing your true colors Alvin. And by the way, I am ultra conservative, 50 year old white guy and straight as an arrow, yet routinely wind up at the drag shows in town with my gay friends....how does that fit with your narrative?

Jim Forsythe


If a person ask you to prove your sex , would you?
"Testifying before the Senate State Affairs Committee earlier this month, Ohio-born Marissa Johnson asked Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, the author of the bathroom bill in the Senate, how she would prove that she is a woman if she were challenged in a restroom.
Kolkhorst responded that she had a driver’s license to which Johnson replied: “So do I. It says female. But according to this law, I would not be allowed to go into the restroom.”
Johnson explained to lawmakers that her home state — along with Tennessee and Idaho — does not allow transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates."

How is it going to be enforced?
"The bathroom bill is not needed and it's unenforceable unless we station a new category of police officer -- we could call them potty patrolmen -- outside of restrooms to check birth certificates and genitalia"

George Croix

Jim, if it were NOT solely about leftist political correctness 'activism'...solely...and their agenda to force...force...THEIR beliefs and ways down everybody else's throat while yammering about 'tolerance'...they'd all just shut up and go P just like they've been doing forever....
It's about the need to SHOW, not the need to go.....

Carlos Ponce

"If a person ask you to prove your sex , would you?"
If this bill was enacted, members of the LGBTQ community would notice no difference. If someone who looks the part and doesn't do anything questionable no one will question his or her presence in the public restroom. Only when acting "strange" will their identity be questioned.
Now if that person looks like Cpl. Klinger he/she might get some stares.[innocent]

Carlos Ponce

"Johnson explained to lawmakers that her home state — along with Tennessee and Idaho — does not allow transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates."
Look around you in case you've forgotten where you are. You're in TEXAS! The law in question is before the TEXAS legislature. Tennessee and Idaho laws don't apply so this is a moot point. DUH!

Jim Forsythe


How many people move to Texas, visit Texas, or drive thru?

If nothing is changed, but a box that says that a person sex has changed , how does this change anything ?
Will  people be happy when the person with this paperwork goes into the bathroom vs. the same person that goes into the same bathroom without the paperwork.
So how does this work? A person shows their paperwork to all in the bathroom,  or just if someone ask?
Who carries their birth certify with them?
If someone ask you to prove your sex , would you?

Carlos Ponce

For the umpteenth time, Jim. If they look the part and don't do anything "strange" then they just go, nothing else will happen. Why can't you get that?

Jim Forsythe

Are you saying , only strange looking, acting,  people commit sex crimes? If that is not it, what you are saying the bill is for. It provides for no punishment for the one that does anything wrong. It only provides fines for Schools, Counties, and State government. that own the building that the restrooms are in. No jail time.
How is this bill going to protect ,girls, boys, women , men? A law with no penalty for the one that does the crime ,stops that crime how?
To pass a bill that may cost the State, Millions if not Billions of dollars, and does not solve the problem, make since how?

Carlos Ponce

Did you BOTHER to READ THE BILL??? It is difficult to discuss the bill with someone who will not read it. All your questions are answered in the bill. READ THE BILL!!!!!!

Jim Forsythe

"It is difficult to discuss the bill with someone who will not read it."  maybe I am reading the wrong bill, as I see nothing that would  prevent s person from going to the wrong bathroom or changing room.  Fines are accessed to the owner of buildings, and not the person that goes into the wrong bathroom. This prevents what?
No Jail time for the person that goes into the wrong bathroom! This prevents what?

"All your questions are answered in the bill"  . Please point to the part, that make a difference in safety for people.

"It is difficult to discuss the bill with someone who will not read it"  or is it difficult because this bill is lacking? 

Please provide a link to the bill.

Carlos Ponce

No "law" not even God's 10 Commandments will prevent infractions.
Link:
https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB3/id/1642436/Texas-2017-SB3-Engrossed.html

Jim Forsythe

"No "law" not even God's 10 Commandments will prevent infractions. " Then what is the goal of this bill? Will it stop a sexual predators?

Carlos Ponce

What is the purpose of ANY law?????
There are repercussions. A stop sign in the middle of the night stops honest people but weighs on the conscience of those not so honest.

Jim Forsythe

What would be  the repercussions, for the one that goes into the wrong bathroom. 

Carlos Ponce

From the bill: "(d) This section may be enforced only through an action
instituted by the attorney general for mandamus or injunctive
relief. The attorney general may recover costs and attorney's fees
related to enforcing this section."

Jim Forsythe

What is not clear, is whom they recover costs and attorney's fees from.
Is it the person that goes into restroom or the  building owners?

In the following story , which bathroom would you want Jaimie to use?
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a9203449/jaimie-wilson-trans-man-before-and-after-photos/

Carlos Ponce

Jim reads Cosmo. To each his/her own

Jim Forsythe

What is not clear, is whom they recover costs and attorney's fees from.
Is it the person that goes into restroom or the  building owners?
In the following story , which bathroom would you want Jaimie to use?
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a9203449/jaimie-wilson-trans-man-before-and-after-photos/

Carlos Ponce

Jim, as far as your "Jamie" is concerned you're still under the false assumption that the law is aimed at members of the LGBTQ. If the person looks and dresses like a female then use the ladies' room. If the person looks and dresses like a male, use the men's room. If that person doesn't do anything freaky there is no problem. Why don't you understand this?????

Jarvis Buckley

Alvin instead of typical negative liberal garbage you are regurgitating
In your article. You need to get on your knees & pray to give our President & our military leaders the strength & wisdom to overcome the
North Korean threats. That missle
Could be pointed at you & me.

George Croix

Summarizing:

Bunk

George Croix

ps:
ALL laws are 'unenforceable' unless there's a Policeman everywhere to try to enforce them on the spot.
The inability to keep someone from breaking a law is NO reason to not have laws.

George Croix

"....privileged white male. I am empowered to be pompous, always correct and exempt from having my facts ever questioned. Right Pres?"

WHICH "Pres., Mr. Sallee....?
The one now where you may well be 100 percent right, or the one whos just left where you definitely got it 50% right.....[rolleyes]
BTW, as a 66 year old white mail, HOW do I go about getting into that 'privileged' club?
Sounds like a place to be. I've always had to work for what I got.

Doyle Beard

might need to get this guy a new hat.

George Croix

HEY!!!
How about that followup, to tell the rest of us old pale geezers how to get in the 'privileged' club??

George Croix

Well, I guess it was just more of the usual leftist talking it but not walking it.
Nothing new there.....

George Croix

One less author to waste time on.
No backup of silly claims about 'priveleleged white men'.
Just more race bait of a different color.
imo

George Croix

priveleged...

Close enough....

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