Sunday, March 8, 2015

New Florida bill

A proposed bill in Florida that "makes it a first-degree misdemeanor if a person born male purposefully enters a women's room, and a person born female goes into a men's room" passed a subcommittee vote this past week.  http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/04/gender-bathroom-bill-clears-florida-committee/24405687/
It's so startling that there are so many cities and states making strides towards inclusivity, there are still places trying to make hard line laws. Maybe gender-neutral single stall bathrooms are the way to go?

2 comments:

  1. I suppose this just goes to show that even when so much progress is being made towards marriage equality, there is still a lot of work to be done for LGBTQ rights.

    I like the idea of widespread gender-neutral single stall bathrooms. It neatly sidesteps all (terrible) arguments people make about trans* people using the bathroom of the gender they identify as, and I could see that being a lot more socially/politically feasible across the country. And maybe it'd be a good place to start a more mainstream discussion about trans* people and trans* issues?

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  2. It's always interesting to me to see the wide diversity of responses in a country (and reminds me to keep that same perspective when discussing/researching LGBTQ rights and homophobia in countries outside the United States). A Planet Fitness branch in Midland, Michigan was also forced to address this issue when a member complained about the presence of a transgender woman in the women's locker room. The member's inappropriate response resulted in the termination of her membership. I just posted about this and thought it might be a nice slice of hope!

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