From The San Antonio Express News: https://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Garcia-Dan-Patrick-revives-his-old-war-against-15983882.php
Gilbert Garcia, Metro Columnist
Feb. 27, 2021
Transgender issues were everywhere this past week.
On Thursday, the U.S. House passed the Equality Act, basically an LGBTQ-focused addendum to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The House vote prompted Marjorie Taylor Greene, the conspiracy-prone Georgia Republican, to post an anti-transgender sign across the hall from the office of Illinois Rep. Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender.
The same day that the House passed the Equality Act, the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden’s pick for assistant health secretary, and the first openly transgender individual ever nominated for a federal office.
During Levine’s hearing, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul falsely accused the pediatrician of supporting “surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia.”
In Arkansas, two separate bills — including one from the Republican Women’s Caucus — were introduced with the shared goal of preventing transgender women and girls from competing in female sports.
Meanwhile, Hasbro announced that it planned to drop the “Mr.” title from the name of its Mr. Potato Head toy, in favor of the gender-neutral Potato Head. The move prompted swift outrage from GOP culture warriors, with Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz devoting part of his Friday CPAC speech to a rumination on Mr. Potato Head’s genitalia.
“Mr. Potato Head was America’s first transgender doll,” Gaetz said. “And even he got canceled!”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has never seen a transgender political battle he could resist, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that the list of 31 legislative priorities he released on Tuesday included an item euphemistically called “Fair Sports for Women & Girls.”
Patrick wants to ban transgender Texas athletes from competing under the gender by which they identify, just as four years ago, he was determined to prevent transgender Texans from using public restrooms that matched their gender identity.
The transgender sports question is one that’s been building momentum over the past year. In 2020, 18 states considered bills restricting transgender sports participation, with Idaho passing its bill into law.