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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.


ETA: The bill has been killed. Thanks to umi_mikazuki for supplying the article.
umi_mikazuki 13th-Jan-2012 12:54 am (UTC)

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 Senate version was withdrawn!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!
mollywobbles867 13th-Jan-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Yay! I'll edit the post! Thanks!
alryssa 13th-Jan-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Thank $deity for that, because this quote from Rep. Floyd:

“I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.

proves my point once again and it makes me SO FUCKING MAD

My gender =/= my sexuality and my gender =/= having sex on the brain all the fucking time and my gender =/= sexual predator. FUCK YOU AND EVERYTHING YOU CHOOSE TO BE.

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