Published on Friday, July 21, 2017

Mayor Nirenberg delivers strong testimony against so-called ‘bathroom bill’

CONTACT: Bruce Davidson, 210-207-8998

Maria Luisa Cesar, 210-861-9030

SAN ANTONIO (July 21, 2017) — Echoing the sentiments of business, school and community leaders across the state, Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Friday testified against the so-called ‘bathroom bill.’ On behalf of the City of San Antonio, Mayor Nirenberg spelled out how the bill would harmfully target transgender members of the community and could potentially cost millions in economic development. The bill has been derided by myriad groups, including a coalition of business leaders who have called the legislation bad for business and local school superintendents who have banded against it. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has also expressed concern about the bill’s utility.

“San Antonio is as a welcoming and inclusive place, where people from many different backgrounds and beliefs come together to make it a great place to live and visit,” Mayor Nirenberg testified. “SB 3 and SB 91 would create the highly negative and harmful perception that San Antonio is not an open and hospitable place. These bills are in direct conflict with the values we hold as a community.”

The mayor’s full remarks are attached, along with a letter submitted to the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning.

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