CHEST issues a letter to Texas Governor Abbott regarding the "bathroom bills"

July 28, 2017

Dear Governor Abbott,

On June 20, 2017, we sent a letter to the President and CEO of Visit San Antonio expressing our concern for the return of the “bathroom bills.” As you know, this legislation would require transgender individuals to use restrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public universities based on "biological sex" and would preempt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

As you may be aware, the American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care, is slated to hold their annual meeting in October 2018 in San Antonio. The CHEST Annual Meeting draws more than 6,000 people to the host city, which equates to more than $35 million in revenues to the host city’s local economy.

CHEST is a diverse community of more than 19,000 members. This proposed legislation contradicts the welcoming and inclusive chest medicine community we desire to create and may negatively impact our community’s ability to come together at the CHEST Annual Meeting 2018 in San Antonio to share science and knowledge and to collaborate.

We, the leaders of the American College of Chest Physicians, strongly urge you and the Texas Legislature to no longer pursue legislation of this kind.

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Welch
Executive Vice President & CEO
American College of Chest Physicians

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