Transgender woman's photo with Gov. Abbott goes viral

Ashley Smith took picture in SA; openly opposes bathroom bill

courtesy: Ashley Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – A transgender woman has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest the "bathroom bill" that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning on Tuesday.

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

She later identified herself in the photo as "trans-woman" and posted it on Facebook with #BATHROOM BUDDY. The photo has since gone viral.

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.

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.