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San Antonio Trans Woman's Viral Photo With Governor Abbott Spotlights 'Bathroom Bill'

Courtesy Ashley Smith

A photo posted to Facebook on Saturday by a trans woman from San Antonio gained national media attention about potential enforceability issues of the so-called "bathroom bill"

After Governor Greg Abbott announced his bid for re-election at Sunset Station, he posed for a photo with attendees including Ashley Smith. 

The photo with text overlay "#BathroomBuddy" and Smith's caption – "How will the Potty Police know if I'm transgender if the Governor doesn't?" – went viral. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook post had garnered more than 5,000 "likes" and nearly 2,000 shares.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and received a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.