The Week in Quotes (July 23 –29)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

Rene Slataper, a transgender man from Austin

“These bills would send me to the women’s restroom and locker room. If the purpose of this is to keep men out of women’s bathrooms, with all due respect, you’re doing it wrong.”


State Senator José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, explaining why he is concerned about private school vouchers

“There were concerns expressed by educators, parents, teachers and others, on the fact that there is no accountability for the private schools that these students would be going to. For private schools, we’re okay with the minimum standards of accreditation.”


Dan Quinn, TFN communications director, on the so-called “bathroom bill” approved in the Texas Senate

“There is no compromise on discrimination. Either you discriminate or you don’t. There’s no middle ground.”


U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, attempting to put a positive spin on climate change by cherry-picking data and using shoddy science

“Economic growth as well as greater food production and increased vegetation are just some of the benefits that can result from our changing climate.”


Lara Americo, a trans-feminine activist and veteran, in a commentary written for NBC News

“Transgender people are not a disruption. We have never been a disruption. We have always been a part of the military and always will be. The difference is whether we’ll be hiding or living authentically while we serve.”