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Florida trans ‘bathroom ban’ fails to pass

Naith Payton April 29, 2015
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Plans to ban trans people from using toilets and changing rooms have been abandoned in Florida.

Miami Republican Frank Artiles’ proposed “Single-Sex Public Facilities” bill has failed to progress past the committee stage of the legislation process and has been abandoned.

The bill would have made it a crime for trans people to use single-sex facilities in workplaces, schools or any business that is open to the public.

It stated: “Single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism.

“Sex means a person’s biological sex, either male or female, at birth.

 

“A person who knowingly and wilfully enters a single-sex public facility designated for or restricted to persons of the other biological sex commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.”

 

Mr Artiles filed the proposals in reaction to a local law that banned discrimination on basis of gender identity. According to the Miami Herald, he said: “It’s not that the transgender or the gender identity community is dangerous by any means, but it creates a giant loophole for criminals, sexual deviants and sexual predators to walk into a shower, a woman’s locker room under the cover of law.”

A similar law in Kentucky that would have rewarded money to people who reported trans people using “wrong” bathrooms also failed recently.

Trans people’s rights to use public toilets is a divisive issue across America, especially in schools.

Related topics: bathroom rights, bathrooms, toilets, trans rights, US

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