Couldn't sleep, and thought I'd browse the forum. Interesting opinion-editorial; extremely effective use of sarcasm to push a personal agenda which Ms. Boylan explicitly endorses. Such an excellent wordsmith, but that is to be expected from a novelist & literature professor. Certainly, I am sympathetic to the special rights which she advocates for herself, and by extension the population(s) for whom she has become an advocate. However, I don't think I could, in good conscience, accept those special rights/privileges/freedoms that I felt to have been misappropriated from the general populace. I would emphatically renounce any desire for "...the special right to open up the newspaper and not have to read one more clever “think piece” in which the humanity of people like me is held up for public debate."<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/transgender-lgbtq-rights-texas.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region> I cannot steal others 1st amendment rights, even though doing so would most assuredly preserve my own self-serving biases and prejudices. I appreciated Ms. Boylan's allusion to her spouse, which suggested that they're likely still together. Having read her autobiography, I always wondered if the marriage would survive. Even though her spouse is a clinical social worker, relationships commonly don't survive the transition (i.e., more often than not). Again, very interesting article. Best wishes to all. It' even later, now. Maybe I can manage to get some rest.
Well, if that's the gist of the new bill, then this new law might not be a bad thing. It's been my understanding that the original bathroom bill was conceived & passed in massive reaction-formation to the city of Charlotte passing a municipal ordinance which basically gave pretty much free access to whatever restroom one wanted to use. Also, I've heard that some sort of public restroom law in Texas came into being secondary of some big-city school official making unilateral decisions about restrooms, locker & dressing rooms, and other stuff w/o consulting parents, teachers, school board members, etc. Analogous circumstances sometimes produce analogous consequences, I think.