Smith, a 45-year-old transgender woman from San Antonio, posted the photo with Republican Abbott on social media last weekend with hashtag #BathroomBuddy. As of Wednesday, the post had received more than 5,000 likes.
"I'm affected by this potential legislation and so are potentially about 125,000 other transgender Texans", she said.
"We're just ordinary people and we don't cause trouble in restrooms", Smith said.
The governor's office has not commented on the photo. If enacted in Texas, it would mean Smith could be forced to use a men's bathroom in public places. The bill was stalled after the contentious legislative session came to an end in May. Abbott weighed in on the issue in April, tweeting that he supports "the principles of both the Senate & House to protect privacy in bathrooms".
Mr Abbott called for a special 30-day session to continue the debate that would require students attending state-funded high schools to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender at birth. "We will work to get a bill to my desk".
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Turner said instead of focusing on Abbott's and Dan Patrick's "dangerous agenda", the legislature should be talking about other issues like public school funding, Texas' rising maternal mortality rates and the gender wage gap. North Carolina lawmakers repealed the bill in March after numerous business groups, athletic organizations and entertainers condemned it. More than 300 people showed up to rally on the south steps of the Capitol in the blistering Texas heat to oppose the special session and Abbott's list.
Smith added that she thinks passage of the legislation "would be a disaster". Tech giant IBM ran a full-page ad in local publications that said the company "opposes any measure that would harm the state's LGBT+ community and make it hard for businesses to attract and retain talented Texans".
Smith said a bathroom bill would put already vulnerable transgender people "at significant risk".
A 2016 survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality compiled the results of over 27,000 people in the U.S. and found that almost 60 per cent of transgender Americans avoid using public restrooms because they either fear confrontation or have experienced verbal and physical abuse.
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