More than 150 entertainers sent an open letter to Texas lawmakers on Tuesday, asking them to reject legislation that would require people to use bathrooms based on their birth genders in public schools and state and local government facilities.
While the Texas Privacy Act has already faced opposition from a wide range of groups, Senator Lois Kolkhorst, the author of the bill, says she stands behind the legislation.
"Texans support the Texas Privacy Act because it guarantees an expected level of privacy in our schools and government buildings, while still allowing private businesses and leased public venues to set their own policy” said Kolkhorst.
The letter in opposition to the legislation was signed by a number of popular entertainers including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ewan McGregor.
“The bottom line is that men do not belong in women's public restrooms, and no amount of grandstanding from Hollywood will change that” said Kolkhorst.
Meanwhile, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the passage of the bill might impact future league events held in Texas. Kolkhorst says she doesn’t believe the bill is at odds with the NFL’s call for “inclusiveness”
"I completely share the sentiments of the NFL. That's why the Texas Privacy Act ensures that our state continues the same welcoming environment we all enjoy at NFL events” said Kolkhorst. “The Texas Privacy Act is a thoughtful way to protect the privacy and safety of everyone and is similar to a policy already approved by Houston voters, who successfully hosted the Super Bowl this month."
The Texas Privacy Act has 15 of 20 Republican senators as co-authors and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has named the bill a priority for passage this legislative session.