More Bathroom Bills Arise After South Dakota Defeat — My Latest Article for TheHumanist.com


This past February we covered a proposed bill in South Dakota that would’ve prevented transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Though fortunately that bill was vetoed shortly after we posted the article, similarly atrocious bills have since popped up throughout the United States.

Last week North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill drafted during a hasty “special session” that requires all residents to use bathrooms designated for their biological sex as“stated on a person’s birth certificate.” In response, several corporations—including Apple, the NFL, IBM, American Airlines, and the NBA— have threatened to boycott the state of North Carolina. Just this past weekend Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser banned city employees from traveling to North Carolina on official business. Even the state’s attorney general, Roy Cooper, recently stated he would not defend the new law in court, calling it “unconstitutional” and “a national embarrassment.” Cooper, a Democrat who’s currently running against McCrory, said that not only does the law discriminate against LGBT people, but it will also “set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t repeal it.”

Gov. McCrory, however, maintains that the law doesn’t discriminate against anyone and that the public outcry is nothing more than “political theater.” In a recent appearance on NBC News he asked, “Would you want a man to walk into your daughter’s shower and legally be able to do that because mentally they think they are of the other gender?”

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So far the comments all agree: don’t we have bigger fish to fry than who’s taking a shit in the next stall?

Comments

  1. DanDare says

    It’s pretty stupid stuff. Especially when lots of people are wondering why we segregate toilets at all.

  2. anat says

    Bathroom bills failed in the Washington state legislature. So now we might face bathroom ballot initiatives in November. See here for the full text of one of the versions.

  3. says

    So far the comments all agree: don’t we have bigger fish to fry than who’s taking a shit in the next stall?

    Especially when (after years of transgender people using public toilets) the only incidents have been:

    a) many cases of harassment of transgender people by cisgenders, and none in the other direction

    b) the US far right advocating cis-men enter women’s public toilets, to “prove trans rights hurt women”

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/03/31/predictions-of-trans-bathroom-harassment-unfounded/

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  4. Siobhan says

    PS – I love the republicans’ laser focus on the economy.

    My life would be so much easier if “bollocks about economics” was all I had to refute from the political right.

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