Bathroom Bill Takes the Stage, Cubs Eye Yu Darvish, the American Dream in Dallas: Your Friday Evening Roundup

Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.Transgender Texans turn out by the dozens to oppose 'bathroom bill'Under the bathroom bills, Ethan Avanzino would have to use the ladies' room.An employee of Southwest Airlines and a Dallas resident, Avanzino has a low voice and full, cleanly trimmed beard. In the lingo of the LGBT community, he easily "passes" as male. But his birth certificate still says "female."He, and the dozens of other transgender Texans who showed up to testify before the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday, urged them not to force him to make that choice. It was just the fourth day of a special session, legislative overtime called by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the bathroom bill was already drawing a crowd.Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said she authored the bill because she wants to protect the privacy and dignity of Texas women and girls."We're here today because Texas has a tradition of taking care of these issues and not being dictated to by the federal government," Kolkhorst said in her opening statement.And: Speaker Joe Straus makes only one vow on special session: The Texas House will be “deliberate.”Also: A Texas Senate committee passed an abortion bill targeting Planned Parenthood.More: Texas senators' debate over private-school vouchers got heated Friday.  Continue reading...

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