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Texas' bathroom bill debate shows a widening gap between liberal cities and the conservative state

Texas' bathroom bill debate shows a widening gap between liberal cities and the conservative state

For Ashley Smith, the idea of entering a men’s restroom is absurd.

The San Antonio architect and mother has long, sleek brown hair and often wears figure-hugging dresses and jewelry. Yet her birth certificate, like those of many transgender women, reads “male.”

When Texas lawmakers met last week to consider two bills to restrict transgender access to bathrooms, Smith told state senators that being forced to use a men’s room when she meets clients at a university or visits her kids at school could potentially subject her to violence.

“That will cause a ruckus,” Smith said Friday as she joined hundreds of activists at a committee hearing at the Texas Capitol to voice her...

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