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Austin tech industry gears up to fight the bathroom bill

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Lilly Rockwell - American Statesman Staff

 

Austin’s tech industry is preparing to battle the Texas Legislature during its upcoming special session over bills that require transgender people use certain bathrooms, saying such proposals would make it difficult to recruit and retain talent in Texas and would harm the state’s reputation. 

Several tech groups are preparing letters to send to Texas’ top political leaders at the start of next week’s special session, urging the governor and legislative leaders to reject any of the so-called “bathroom bills.” 

These bills typically require transgender Texans to use bathrooms in public buildings that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificate. Some versions only apply to public schools. 

 

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