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Houston will host Super Bowl 51 this Sunday, and with more than 100 million expected to tune in to the clash between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, transgender rights advocates see the spectacle as an opportunity to shine a light on a proposed bill that would restrict transgender people’s access to public restrooms and other facilities — and could cost Texas millions.

That proposal, Texas Senate Bill 6 , was introduced in January. Aud usd exchange rate history Officially titled the “Texas Privacy Act,” S.B. Stock market trading hours christmas eve 6 would bar schools from instituting bathroom and locker room policies that allow transgender students to use the facilities matching their gender identity. Usa today newspaper online It would also preempt local nondiscrimination ordinances. Dollar euro forecast 2016 And like North Carolina’s much-condemned House Bill (H.B.) 2 enacted last March, S.B. Usd zar chart 6 would impose civil penalties for violators — even students.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, in a January release announcing S.B. Usd aed rate 6’s filing, said that the proposed act was an affirmation of some of the values shared by Texans: “common decency, common sense and public safety.”

“It is supported by an overwhelming majority of Texans, including both Democrats and Republicans, Hispanics, African-Americans and Anglos, men and women,” he added.

“It is absolutely shameful that Lieutenant Governor Patrick would use transgender children, and imply and outright say that they are sexual predators,” said Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality . Usd to gb “It’s wrong.”

There are costly consequences for such stances, Keisling cautioned, citing North Carolina’s loss of an estimated $100 million because of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision to relocate its February 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte . Aud to usd exchange rate “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by H.B.2,” the league stated at the time of the announcement.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) pulled all seven of its championship games from the state as well, after it had announced in April 2016 that it would not host championships in cities that do not have nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

Euro to usd graph Paypal and Deutsche Bank also cancelled planned expansions that would have employed hundreds of North Carolinians as a result of the law.

Texas could soon see a similar surge of bathroom bill backlash and, with San Antonio slated to hosted the NCAA Final Four tournament in 2018, top state officials like Texas House Speaker Joe Straus have advised legislators to be “very careful” not to jeopardize the state’s economic success.

Whatever happens with the bill in Texas will have likely influence on other, smaller states with similar legislation under consideration. Best exchange rate for usd to inr According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which tracks such bills across the country, legislators in 10 other states — Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming — pre-filed or introduced bills like S.B. Convert hkd to usd 6 and H.B. Used bookstores chicago 2.

This is less than the 54 bills introduced in 19 states in 2016 (the only one to pass was in North Carolina), but with legislative sessions ongoing, transgender rights advocates expect this legislation will continue to be introduced. Rmb usd converter But, as Keisling and others argue, such bills are very unlikely to be passed, given the economic risks.

“There is no advantage to it,” Keisling said. Uk to us dollars “You may think you’re going to score some political points, but you are going to hurt your state economically. Usd pound rate And because you are hurting your state economically, you’re definitely going to hurt yourself politically.”

Republican Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s former governor and a staunch supporter of H.B. Usd chart live 2, lost his re-election campaign in November. Us stock market futures Some blame fallout from H.B. Sydney futures exchange trading hours 2 for his loss.

Keisling says this highlights the weakness of these bills as political tools, which she feels do little except turn conservative constituents against transgender people, particularly school-age children. Market futures tomorrow For a population that already lives with higher-than-average rates of suicide and depression , as well as an elevated risk of assault and homicide , any political rhetoric condemning transgender people as “dangerous” or “menacing” has very real impact.

She recommends that both politicians and the public meet and speak with transgender people, which she feels will clear up much of the misconceptions about the community.

“Get to know some trans people,” she said. Ukp to usd “You don’t have to know all the fancy lingo we’ve created, all you have to know about trans people is the golden rule: Treat trans people like you would like to be treated.”