Politics & Government

Jess Herbst to Protest Texas Bathroom Bill

The mayor of New Hope will be a part of a coalition of transgender groups demonstrating at the Capitol.

Jess Herbst at New Hope’s town hall. (Photo by Melanie Grizzel)

I wrote about Jess Herbst, the mayor of New Hope, and her five-decade journey to finally be herself, in our June issue. One part of her story I couldn’t fully get into mine is her recent political activism, specifically against laws proposed in the Texas Lege that take aim at the transgender community. That will continue tomorrow, according to the release she sent me:

A coalition of transgender groups from Texas has come together to combat the Texas 85th Legislature special session’s attempt at passing discriminatory laws. Transgender organizations as well as transgender activists have formed a committee to interface and coordinate with One Texas Resistance, a historic alliance made up of diverse progressive groups. These groups include the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, Deeds not Words, the Texas Democratic Party, Equality Texas, labor unions, environmental groups and more. Under the banner of One Texas Resistance, we will all hold a unified resistance to discrimination, beginning with a rally at 1:00 pm on July 18 on the south Capitol steps, and additional actions throughout the session.

I don’t know anything, just playing a hunch, but I would be surprised if mayor of New Hope is where Herbst’s political career ends.

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Comments

  • JamieT

    The most interesting thing about this novel nihilistic theory of intersectionality is the way it immediately renders each of its constituents meaninglessly generic and thus individually mission-irrelevant.

    Just for the sake of argument, let’s say, as Herbst claims, there were in fact environmental groups and labor unions involved under the One Texas Resistance link you posted (if there were, I must have missed them).

    OTR Enviros of Texas: “Hello, Mrs. Fixed Income. We’d like you to donate $100 to help save the environment, and you’ll be happy and proud to know your fungible donation will be crucial to either saving the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, securing bathroom rights for transgendered individuals, or maybe something we haven’t even become enthused about yet, as we determine at the time.”

    Mrs. Fixed Income: “Oh. Is there a number where I can call you back?”

    • Mavdog
    • JamieT

      Any prior particularness of meaning is now being happily homogenized into an adolescent howl of Wile E. Coyote ACME-branded generic resistance. Smart going, mindlessly seething mob!

      • Mavdog

        “particularness of meaning”???

        • jfpo

          Forget it, he’s rolling.

          • JamieT

            Resistance: it’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping!