SAN ANTONIO -- Another turn of events in the controversial proposed changes to the non-discrimination ordinance. This time, the transgender community is concerned about using the restroom.
Speaking on behalf of the transgender community, Kelli Maples, who used to be a man, said the new language to the ordinance opens the door to assaults and harassment when transgender people use the restroom.
The reason, Maples said the ordinance doesn't protect transgender people when using the restroom.
"It leaves this as a status quo and the status quo is that anybody can discriminate against us if they
want to,’ said Maples.
The city attorney, Michael Bernard, said laws restrict what the city can do, or who it can protect, when using the restroom.
"There's not really anything they can do. If the proprietor of the establishment says, 'No - you're going to use the men’s room,' then that's what they are going to use," said Bernard.