Peeing at Target: Go to Jail!

The Target store in Oxford, Alabama.

The Target store in Oxford, Alabama.

This Alabama City Will Now Put Transgender People In Jail For Peeing At Target.

On Tuesday night, the City Council of Oxford, Alabama unanimously approved a new ordinance that will punish individuals for using restrooms that do not match their biological sex as stated on their birth certificate. The policy is a direct response to Target indicating that trans people are welcome and will be respected in their stores.

According to the text of the ordinance, “citizens have a right to quite [sic] solicitude [sic] and to be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facilities by members of the opposite biological sex.”

Again, how are they going to know? Does everyone have to expose themselves before they are allowed into a lav? If a muscle-y bearded guy goes into the men’s lav, who is going to be having the panic attack and report him for peeing unlawfully? If a woman is in the women’s lav, well…what’s going to happen?

It also warns that “single sex public facilities are places of increased venerability [sic] and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities which may include, but not limited to, voyeurism, exhibitionism, molestation, and assault and battery.”

Anywhere within the city’s police jurisdiction, it is now a criminal offense for transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity unless they have undergone surgery and successfully changed the gender marker on their birth certificate.

Each individual violation will result in a $500 fine or up to six months in jail. CNN reported this week that “most people urinate four to seven times during a day.”


In a prepared statement after the ordinance’s passage, Council President Steven Waits said that the council passed it “not out of concerns for the 0.3 percent of the population who identify as transgender,” but “to protect our women and children,” according to the Anniston Star. Apparently many residents had complained about Target’s policy statement about transgender inclusion.

Yes, you just want to protect your [white] women and [white] children from the new bogeyman, because what would you do without one? I note that trans women and trans* children are not included under this so-called protection.

Zack Ford has the Story.

In other news, that dyed-in-the-wool idiot McCrory now claims that LGBT Backlash Is Plot to Remove Him From Office.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory believes the backlash to House Bill 2, the controversial legislation that forces trans people to use public restrooms that do not correspond with their gender identity, is a plot to remove him from office.

In an interview published Monday, McCrory called out the Human Rights Campaign and state Democrats, who he argues are using the bill to push him out. “You’ve got to be politically naïve if you think this is not coordinated by a very effective — a very effective — group,” McCrory told The New York Times.

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  1. johnson catman says

    Crafty democrats! Getting the republicans in the legislature to ram through a discriminatory law so that the republican governor will not be reelected.

  2. johnson catman says

    Oh, and if McCrory had possessed any foresight or fear of the democratic “plan”, he could have vetoed the law. The veto probably would have been overturned by the legislature, but it would have helped inoculate him from the backlash. He, at the time, was more afraid that the bigoted republicans would abandon him in the upcoming election.

  3. Saad says

    I’m amused by how so many people seem to find the “it will make me feel uncomfortable/unsafe” argument convincing.

    That surely would have been one of the arguments against school desegregation or using the same water fountain as black people.

    Just piss/shit and GTFO of the bathroom. That’s what they’re for. What does the appearance of the person standing/sitting next to you matter?

  4. Onamission5 says

    Yes, Pat, it’s all about you. Poor Pat.

    Couldn’t possibly be your party’s behavior and collusion with Liberty Council’s bigoted agenda is what caused vast numbers of NC residents to ask the question “Why is this man in charge of us?” Couldn’t possibly be that you’ve been gleefully fucking shit up day and night for three straight years, couldn’t possibly be that NC has changed our minds about having a republican in the governor’s office after all, seeing the craptastic job you’ve done. Couldn’t be that this is just the shit icing on the shit cake of your service (and I use that term loosely) in office. Couldn’t possibly be that your policies hurt actual human people, starve children of an education and also actual food, create homelessness and strife, contribute to the suffering of the people you’re supposed to represent. Nope. It’s the big mean special interests who are at once a tiny minority of probably Yankee people nobody is supposed to care about while also being a really effective anti-Pat lobby?

    Fuck you, Pat. Nobody likes you.


  5. says

    You know, if it wasn’t for some individuals in Alabama now jumping on the hate train, McCrory would win Dumbfuck of the Year. He needs to shut up. Even better, he needs to be booted out of office. He is the very picture of incompetence.

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