PALESTINE, TX—While people in attendance acted as though nothing unusual was happening, afterwards many admitted that the odd swearing in ceremony of Will Brule, Palestine’s new District 1 councilmember was rather unusual.
The ceremony began as most do with Brule and his counterparts being sworn in; however, that’s where the normal procedures ended.
Brule took to the microphone and said that he was firmly behind Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Larry Pannell’s executive order allowing transgenders to use the restroom for the sex they identify with rather than their sex assigned at birth and to show his support would publicly urinate in the women’s restroom. After telling those in attendance his plans, Brule asked that he be followed to the women’s room where he sat down, urinated and allowed a reporter to take a photo of his feet in front of the toilet.
“It was strange,” one resident who attended the event said. “We all crammed into this small ladies room and Will just sat down and, well, tinkled while a reporter took a photo of his feet.”
Despite the awkwardness of the event, once Brule had completed his urination, there was a smattering of clapping. Brule, as if nothing happened, exited the restroom and took his seat at the council table. He later remarked that he never believed he’d go back to urinating like that again.
“I appreciate his support,” Pannell told The Dogwood Tale after the meeting. “It means a lot that he would do that and he was my biggest supporter back in my Wendy Ellis days so I already knew I had Will’s support, but this meant more to me than anything.”
Brule complained afterwards that toilet paper in the women’s room was low, but otherwise left the meeting in a celebratory mood.