'Bathroom bill 2.0': Effort to bar transgender athletes in Texas schools gets hearing

AUSTIN, Texas — A bill that would bar transgender athletes from participating in school sports based on their gender identity is set to spark a passionate debate at the Texas Legislature over an issue that some in the transgender community are comparing to the “bathroom bill” fight of 2017. Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas, said he knows of at least 70 people who were planning to testify against the bill at a Senate committee hearing Friday. He said the bill has had a deep emotional impact among transgender Texans on top of the collective trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re going th…

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