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16-Sep-2017 21:57

For Foster, who is transgender, that means using a gender-neutral bathroom or — when he can’t get across campus in time — the girls’ restrooms.

It’s a predicament that has led to “terrible experiences,” Foster told a committee of state lawmakers earlier this month as they took up the latest "bathroom bill" under consideration. Boys have told him he was going into the wrong restroom.

Macias notes the process has improved since 2004 when he first embarked on amending his birth certificate and ID and his attorney was not aware of the specific requirements.“To change that is expensive, time consuming and would require me to be on testosterone for six months, which I’m not yet on." Foster’s testimony echoed a reality for transgender men, women and children in Texas that’s tough to reconcile with Republicans’ proposals to limit bathroom use in schools and local government buildings to what’s on a person’s birth certificate.