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.
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?


  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?

  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!