Today, the town of Oxford, Alabama voted 3-2 to repeal the infamous ordinance they passed last week making it a crime — punishable by a $500 fine or six months in jail — to use a bathroom not matching the gender on your birth certificate. The repeal comes just days after a town in Texas, Rockwall, rejected a similar ordinance that was brought before it.
“For all the attention Oxford received, we’ve seen a movement of Southern cities actually taking action in support of their transgender community members and passing resolutions condemning any legislation that would target transgender people,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center. “It’s great to see that Oxford has reconsidered their initial discriminatory measure and realized that it’s wrong and illegal to single out members of the community for discrimination just because of who we are.”
Last month, Transgender Law Center wrote about the movement of Southern cities uniting in support of transgender people, including through resolutions condemning anti-trans legislation.