It’s mean stuff and the intervention of Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and his uncle, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, kept it out of the statute books in 2017. But the enemies of transgender people haven’t quit fighting, with a recent victory in Texas to their credit. They are red hot to continue pursuit of a non-existent problem in Arkansas and will at least have some hearings before the next regular legislative session. (In theory, only budget matters may be discussed in 2018.) If we’re lucky, a Republican challenger will defeat Collins-Smith in the 2018 primary.
I wish the Senate Judiciary Committee had attended the Lady Parts Justice League show at Vino’s recently. It was mostly about abortion rights, but the acts included a trans male comedian — buff and bearded — who talked about bathroom matters in detailed ways that might have opened a few eyes as well as made a few shift uncomfortably in their seats. I can imagine the look on Linda Collins-Smith face if this fellow were made, by force of Arkansas law, to use HER restroom.
UPDATE: Somehow I’d missed this. That time a transwoman introduced herself to Linda Collins-Smith in a Capitol restroom. See, a woman met a man (by Collins-Smith’s definition) in the ladies room and survived. Actually, of course, a woman met a woman.