Transgender Texan posts photo with Abbott to decry ‘bathroom bill’

Ashley Smith's social media post with Gov. Greg Abbott and her stance on the bathroom bill. (via Facebook)
Ashley Smith's social media post with Gov. Greg Abbott and her stance on the bathroom bill. (via Facebook)

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — A transgender Texan has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest a “bathroom bill” that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning Tuesday.

Ashley Smith, who lives in San Antonio, posed with Abbott after he announced his re-election campaign Friday in San Antonio.

She later identified herself in the photo as a “trans woman” and posted it on Instagram and Facebook with #BATHROOM BUDDY. In her Instagram post, she also hashtagged #translives matter and #classroomsnotbathrooms among several others.

Smith, who has been active with groups opposing the bathroom bill, also posted: “How will the Potty Police know I’m transgender if the Governor doesn’t?” and received thousands of likes and more than a thousand shares.

Smith tells KXAN she the comments she’s received have been overwhelmingly positive. “I’m happy to see the picture gaining so much traction and hope that a few Republican lawmakers will change their minds as a result and stop this bill,” said Smith.

Texas tried and failed to pass a North Carolina-style law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate gender during the regular session ending in May. But Abbott revived the issue for the 30-day extra session.