Lufkin councilman against Target’s new restroom policy

Lufkin councilman against Target’s new restroom policy
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A member of Lufkin City Council joined the national debate over transgender access to public restrooms.

City Councilman Mark Hicks is in the process of creating an ordinance that will make it unlawful for a person to use a public restroom that doesn't match their biological sex.

Since Target announced its policy to allow transgender people to choose the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, it's been a topic you can't simply wash away.

Lufkin City councilman, Mark Hicks has stirred up a discussion about an ordinance that will over rule that policy in the city.

"We need to be real specific about it," Hicks said. "In my opinion Target was not. They just opened the door to anyone. Any individual male to go into the women's restroom, and women to go into the men's restroom. I just have an issue with that."

Hicks said he's not being prejudice or biased, he's just concerned about others safety.
"It's not anything discriminatory towards transgender individuals but what's happening is men, just like me, are able to walk are able to walk into the women's restroom and vice versa," Hicks said. "I'm concerned about people's privacy and their safety."

However other councilmen disagree.

"I think alarming people and getting them afraid is not the way to go," City Councilman, Victor Travis said."

Hick's ordinance will state that people use the restroom of your biological sex. He said it was a topic never discussed until Target's new policy.

"This was sort of a mute point to an extent," Hicks said. "Why do we need to bring this to the forefront you know? Why do we need to draw attention to it? I feel like people are going to abuse that right."

"At this point we're making lots of laws, I think if we keep making these laws and giving people ideas, then people are going to use these ideas," Travis said.

Before Councilman Hick's ordinance can be put on the city's agenda, four councilmen will have to be in favor of it.

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