A trans man or woman has never A Republican Texas lawmaker has dismissed transphobic violence as ‘dudes walking around in dresses getting beat up’ wasn’t a problem when he was younger.
Briscoe Cain was speaking in support of one of the state’s two anti-transgender bathroom bills, making it illegal for a trans person to use the washroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, leading a panel discussion, said the transgender community considers Senate Bill 6 discriminatory.
Cain said: ‘It wasn’t a problem when I was a child. Was it a problem when you were a kid? I don’t remember dudes walking around in dresses getting beat up. It wasn’t a thing, and now I think we’re encouraging it.’
Smith also asked Cain what problems SB6 was trying to solve.
What problems are anti-trans bathroom bills going to solve?
‘There is a real problem, which is laws here in Texas in certain cities … that want to force public accommodations, to force private businesses to accommodate someone deciding to go into the bathroom,’ Cain responded.
‘[SB 6] is just to say, “Look, we’re not going to allow government funds or government buildings to be used for social engineering”.
A trans man or woman has never reportedly harmed anyone in a public bathroom in Texas. The only reported incidents in the US have been cisgender men harming women and girls.
Last year during the GOP primary, Cain defeated longtime incumbent state Rep Wayne Smith.
Behind the political ads
In the election, New Civil Rights Movement reported how a campaign flier suggested Cain is gay and referenced the Texas bathroom bills.
‘Houston voters want to keep men out of women’s locker rooms and restrooms,’ the flier stated.’District 128 voters should keep Briscoe Cain out of men’s restrooms as well.’
The flier also accused Cain of being ‘well known to those who frequent Montrose area night clubs and gay bars’.
Smith denied responsibility for the flier.
The photos, Cain said, were likely taken from his MySpace in his 20s.
The 32-year-old married Republican notes on his website he has a record of being anti-abortion and campaigning against same-sex marriage. Last year, he defended a teacher who was fired for refusing to recognize a six-year-old transgender boy’s gender identity.