Jonathan Saenz

Jonathan Saenz is the leader of Texas Values. That organization is not on SPLC’s hate group list but, in my opinion, it should be. This claim that trans women are a danger to women and children is nothing new. That doesn’t mean that we should stop calling it out.

According to American Family Association, lamenting the demise of Texas’ “bathroom bill:”

Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz explains that while the vast majority of Texans want those protections in place for their women and children, their elected representatives – because of the actions of two Republican lawmakers – weren’t even given a chance to vote on it. …

Later on, AFA quotes Saenz directly:

I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing lawsuits [or] other actions that are taken because parents and children are not going to just stand by and allow these privacy violations to continue to happen in Texas …

On their website Texas Values expands on this theme:

SB 6 keeps men out of little girls’ restrooms. The bill requires all government buildings to continue the common-sense practice that men and women should use the bathroom, shower rooms, or locker room that corresponds to the sex listed on their birth certificate. SB 6 will help a growing number of persons who have felt threatened or have been abused in restrooms and changing facilities as a result of dangerous bathroom policies.

Exactly where does Mr. Saenz think that transgender adults have been peeing all these years? Where are all the incidents? Minneapolis has had trans accommodations as law since 1975. Over more than 40 years where are all the little girls who have been violated or even endangered? Is Mr. Saenz wed to the preposterous notion that trans women are predators? Based upon what?

The truth is that transgender women want to do what every other woman does in a public restroom. They enter the stall, close the door and do their business. Before leaving, they wash their hands. They exit and no one dies. Like most similar bills — including North Carolina’s odious HB2 — SB6 targeted public school children.

In the average school there might be what? Zero to three trans kids? These children are more vulnerable and fragile than their peers. They sure as hell don’t want to create additional attention to themselves. Mr. Saenz would further marginalize them. They aren’t going to harm anyone. There is no evidence (that I can find) that a trans kid has ever harmed anyone in a public restroom. It is gratuitous fear mongering.

Ultimately, this probably has nothing to do with the safety of anyone. I am reluctant to assign motives but strongly suspect that Mr. Saenz’s real problem with transgender people is a desire to remove their existence in accordance with scripture. You know. The deity created only men and women and they are all cisgender heterosexuals. Saenz wants to impose religious ignorance on public policy. At least for now, Texas has failed in one attempt to do so. But they will be back. They are relentless.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.