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Tennessee lawmakers introduce "Police the Potty" bill

3:36 pm - 01/12/2012
Senator Bo Watson and Rep. Richard Floyd of the Tennessee General Assembly want to know what's going on in the stall next to you in the bathroom. They filed a bill yesterday that seeks to police restrooms and dressing rooms in public buildings. The bill clearly targets transgender people born in the state of Tennessee.

The bill states "where a restroom or dressing room in a public building is designated for use by members of one particular sex, only members of that particular sex shall be permitted to use that restroom or dressing room."

SB2282/HB2279 defines sex as "the designation of an individual person as male or female as indicated on the individual’s birth certificate." Tennessee law already prohibits anyone born in the state from amending their gender on their birth certificate making this law one of the most vicious attack bills ever filed against transgender people in state government.

Violators of the proposed law would be considered guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and fined $50.

As proposed, the "Police the Potty" bill will harm other Tennesseans too. While this bill clearly targets transgender people born in Tennessee, it could make criminals of parents accompanying their children into a restroom, custodial staff responsible for cleaning restrooms, attendants or family members assisting elderly or disabled people in the restroom. What will it cost the State of Tennessee to hire extra male or female custodial staff to clean public restrooms or security staff to check people's identification before entering a restroom?

With unemployment rates higher than the national average and poor educational outcomes in the State of Tennessee, it's alarming to see lawmakers champion legislation that will only bring unwanted embarrassment to our state. I suppose it's easier for some lawmakers to manufacture a problem, propose an invasive big government "solution", and target a small minority than to actually solve real problems in Tennessee.

Source




ETA: The bill has been killed. Thanks to umi_mikazuki for supplying the article.
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executivehpfan 12th-Jan-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
So good to see our Congress people working on the issues that really matter.
redstar826 12th-Jan-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
I worked at a fitting room desk for several years. I can't imagine being legally required to enforce such a rule. While we did occasionally have to chase creeper dudes out of the women's side (women who go shopping with friends do seem to have a habit of running from room to room half dressed if they don't all fit in one room), there were also times when there were very valid reasons for letting people go in the opposite gender fittings rooms-parents who wanted to go in with their children, disabled and/or elder couples where one needed help, hell even just couples who wanted to go in together (although we usually tried to direct those folks to the fitting rooms closest to the desk where we could prevent the men (guys never seemed to care about women on the men's side) from disturbing the women.
erunamiryene 12th-Jan-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Boy, Tennessee is really on a roll lately.
kerrence 13th-Jan-2012 01:20 am (UTC)
jesus, every state I've lived in in the past 5 years (Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee) are just embarrassing the shit out of me
mephisto5 12th-Jan-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
roseofjuly 13th-Jan-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
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4. The LGBT community ♥ ♥ ♥
umi_mikazuki 12th-Jan-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, Tennessee, rather than fix actual problems like unemployment (trust me it is bad here), you pull more discriminatory shit.

My fucking state. :|
mollywobbles867 12th-Jan-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's my state too and I just can't. I CAN'T.

How will my roommate and I try on dresses together like we did the other day? (He's a gay guy who sometimes likes to wear women's clothing at home and in dressing rooms).

Edited at 2012-01-12 10:05 pm (UTC)
mercystars 12th-Jan-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's easier for some lawmakers to manufacture a problem, propose an invasive big government "solution", and target a small minority than to actually solve real problems...

bingo
benihime99 12th-Jan-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Following OP's lead, here's what I think:
freebacon 12th-Jan-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
B-B-BUT BATHROOMS YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

BATHROOMS
freebacon 12th-Jan-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
"We want a small government (unless we can go out of our way to make people's lives even worse because we hate them and think they're icky and gross, then big government all the way!)"

-Tennessee 2012
nikoel 12th-Jan-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
So do people have to carry their birth certificates around with them while they're shopping and show it to whoever is stationed at the dressing room in order to try something on? Oh, no? That's not the process? Oh, you're just planning on harassing whomever you please and detaining them until the police come? Oh okay.
bushy_brow 12th-Jan-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
MTE. :-/
angelus7988 12th-Jan-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
But donchya know, all those transsexuals are sexual predators!
doverz 12th-Jan-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh Tennessee, you continue to disappoint me. I want to have a job down in your state.
sophiaserpentia 12th-Jan-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
So when I'm driving through Tennessee I need to use the men's room. Got it. That won't be disruptive at all.
farchivist 12th-Jan-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
OIC. Thank you, Senator Watson and Representative Floyd, for making your hate plain. I like knowing who the asshats in office are. It makes targeting for removal from office so much easier.

While this bill clearly targets transgender people born in Tennessee, it could make criminals of parents accompanying their children into a restroom, custodial staff responsible for cleaning restrooms, attendants or family members assisting elderly or disabled people in the restroom. What will it cost the State of Tennessee to hire extra male or female custodial staff to clean public restrooms or security staff to check people's identification before entering a restroom

File this under the Nebraska-Style Unintended Consequences of Poorly Written Law section.
angelofdeath275 12th-Jan-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
I don't want police right by the fucking bathrooms.
myrrhmade 12th-Jan-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Fuck me. I wish I had a violent panda gif. This is just some heinous bullshit right here.
tabaqui 12th-Jan-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
And the fails just keep coming. Jayzus.
zombieroadtrip 12th-Jan-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Because this... has been some kind of problem til now?
circumambulate 12th-Jan-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I hope they're standing by to arrest lots of women at stadiums and crowded bars...
alryssa 13th-Jan-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
~PRIORITIES~
celtic_thistle 13th-Jan-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
This is fucking invasive and creepy and unnecessary as HELL.
bleed_peroxide 13th-Jan-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
I mean, what it really seems to boil down to is the fact that some people that identify as male or female may not necessarily have the "proper" plumbing. Which, again, is creepy because, really? Just let someone use the goddamn bathroom in peace. Don't we have slightly bigger issues in our country right now besides regulating our bathrooms? :|
umi_mikazuki 13th-Jan-2012 12:54 am (UTC)
YESSSSSSSSS THE BILL GOT KILLED.

The author of this article on it just emailed another person in my queer-straight alliance saying it's killed. Once I get a link to an official update, I'll get it here.

Edit: Here! Senate version was withdrawn!

Edited at 2012-01-13 01:02 am (UTC)
kerrence 13th-Jan-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
wooooohoo! :D
I saw this via the TN Equality Project, heck yeah!
romp 13th-Jan-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it died. I knew that was used as a sad and tired reason not to give trans people equal rights (looking at you, Canada) but it never occurred to me that it could be policed like it some real problem. FFS
darsynia 13th-Jan-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
some real problem.

I hope I'm reading this wrong.
dncingmalkavian 13th-Jan-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
To be honest, I could see this as a law specifically targeting rape.
ellenel13 13th-Jan-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
. . . I don't understand this comment
poddleduck 13th-Jan-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
If this had passed, I have to wonder what would happen if a parent brought their opposite-sex child into the bathroom with them. Because if I were out and about with a five year old boy who needed to pee, I sure as hell wouldn't let him go into the men's room all by himself.
dncingmalkavian 13th-Jan-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I wondered about this, too. I think there should have been an exception made in the bill for parents with young children.
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