A transgender pastor is speaking out against anti-transgender laws like a proposed Texas bathroom bill, Huffington Post reports.
The Rev. S. David Wynn, from Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, Texas, addressed hundreds of protesting LGBTQ advocates outside the state Capitol in Austin Tuesday, as lawmakers voted in favor of anti-trasngender legislation.
“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. … So God is transgender, ” Wynn said, to loud applause. “We’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way.”
Over 200 people testified against Senate Bill 6, called the “Texas bathroom bill,” in Senate State Affairs Committee hearings yesterday and today.
Today that committee voted Wednesday 7-1 in favor of the bill, moving it to the full Senate, where it’s expected to pass after a majority of Republicans and Democrats said they support it.
Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. said, “God’s creation” is a reason he supports the bill.
“God created everything as far as I’m concerned, but especially man and woman,” Lucio said.
Wynn attacked that line of thought outside the Capitol:
“We’re going to stop using God as an excuse to hate people,” Wynn said before paraphrasing author Anne Lamott. “If God hates all the same people you do, then you’ve created God in your image.”
The bill reportedly could face more resistance in the Texas House, where Speaker Joe Straus (R) has worried about the economic ramifications of denying transgender people basic rights. North Carolina famously suffered many sanctions after passing a similar law.
“I think we should be very careful about doing something that can make Texas less competitive for investment, jobs and the highly skilled workforce needed to compete,” Straus said at a Texas Association of Business conference in January.
Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick (R) began to advocate for the bill after the Obama administration issued a directive requiring public schools to allow trans students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, got rid of that directive in February.
Other speakers outside the state Capitol include a trans engineer and parents of trans children.
(image via CNN screengrab)