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Flannigan opens fire on bathroom bill
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard
City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan isn’t letting the fun and shenanigans of South by Southwest distract him from serious issues at the 85th Texas Legislature. On Monday, Flannigan railed against Senate Bill 6, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” which would dictate public bathroom usage based on biological genders. At a panel discussion at Cheer Up Charlies, he took aim at the lawmakers who crafted the bill. “There is no room for discussion. They are bigots, they are racists, they are homophobes. And there is no way we can allow them to retain positions of leadership which then enables people who secretly believe those things to publicly believe those things that then leads to silence, and ultimately and often in the trans community and the LGBT (community), people taking their own lives.” Afterward, Flannigan told the Austin Monitor, “At South by, I think it’s important that we don’t just invite our visitors here and take their money. We also need to take the opportunity to educate them and leverage this power to do good for not just Texas but the whole nation.” The Texas Senate will likely vote on SB 6 this week.