Transgender woman's photo with Gov. Greg Abbott goes viral

San Antonio activist and transgender woman Ashley Smith took a photo with Governor Abbott Friday that is now going viral.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - A San Antonio woman’s photo has gone viral after she stopped to pose with Gov. Greg Abbott during his visit to the city, where the governor announced his intentions to run for a second term.

Ashley Smith, an openly transgender woman, shared the image on Saturday of herself posing with Gov. Abbott along with a few choice hashtags, including #bathroombuddy and #stopsb6.

“How will the Potty Police know I'm transgender if the Governor doesn't,” she wrote in the post, which has already garnered thousands of likes, shares and comments over the past few days.

"I like people to look at that image and understand that transgender people are in your community and that we are just regular folks," Smith told KVUE. "We are teachers, we're architects, engineers, we're policemen and we're just regular folks. There is no reason to be afraid of us."

Smith said she hasn't heard a response from Abbott.

While Abbott hasn’t explicitly chosen a side on Senate Bill 6 -- which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on their biological sex -- the Senate passed the sweeping bill to ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies earlier this year. The legislation stalled in the House before a compromise limited to public schools was approved as an amendment. However, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected the compromise as inadequate.

Bathroom privacy policy is expected to be a hot-button debate during Gov. Abbott’s special session, which begins on Tuesday.

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