Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper and George Takei are just among over 100 entertainers who have signed off on a letter urging Texas lawmakers to oppose the “bathroom bill” currently up for debate in the Texas Legislature.
The entertainers expressed their sentiments about the matter through a letter with their names listed at the end and sent it to lawmakers.
“Transgender and gender non-conforming young people are already subjected to bullying and harassment,” the letter read. “Can you imagine the message these bills send to children — the message of ‘that child is unwelcome, that child is dangerous?'”
Supported by lawmakers including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the bill is said to keep predators from abusing local laws that allow transgender people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. While supporters say the bill is about protecting privacy, opponents argue it discriminates against transgender people.
The Texas Association of Business has already denied that this and other bills they pushed through are “discriminatory.”
Meanwhile, experts estimate the state stands to lose up to $8.5 billion—an equivalent loss of 185,000 jobs—if the same scenario that North Carolina has experienced from their “bathroom bill” happens in Texas.
Read the letter sent by unified entertainers opposing the Texas “bathroom bill” here.