On Thursday, February 23rd, 2016, members and advocates of the LGBTQ community will perform a “queer dance freakout” to oppose the recently proposed “bathroom bill” that regulates bathroom use by forcing transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with their birth certificate and not the gender they identify with. The “bathroom bill” is Senate Bill 6 that was proposed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Senate Bill 6 prohibits transgenders to use public bathrooms that they identify with, such as bathrooms in public schools and other public buildings. The bill also bars public businesses from establishing transgender-friendly bathrooms such as allowing people to use the bathroom they identify with.
The dance will be on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion (1010 Colorado, Austin, TX).
The event is also on Facebook, which you can follow here.
The Facebook event description reads, “We say NO to marriage equality limitations. We say NO to old men saying what we can and cannot do. We say NO to anti-transgender bathroom bills. We say YES to shaking our asses. We say YES to the freedoms of the body.”
The “Queer Dance Freakout” was inspired by a similar event in front of Vice President Mike Pence’s home where hundreds of participants sent a clear message opposing hate and bigotry.
The protest is peaceful and the organizers are working with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the State Preservation Board to ensure public safety and the safety of the Governor’s Mansion.
Organizers and officials estimate that hundreds of people will participate in the protest.
Senate Bill 6 is a proposal that forces people to use the gendered bathroom associated with their birth certificate gender instead of the gender they align with. This bill and similar bills are often associated with discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The “Queer Dance Freakout” is to show opposition to bills that participants consider to be anti-LGBTQ legislation.