An Arizona House committee has approved a watered down vill that would have made it a crime for transsexuals to use the correct bathroom. The bill put out by Representative John Kavanagh was ditched in favor of one that would allow individual businesses to ban transsexuals from using the right bathroom despite the fact that it tends to be almost impossible to know who is or is not transsexual.
As several transsexual activists have noted, in their long lives living in the correct sex and gender, they have never had an incident regarding someone complaining about them using the bathroom. Patty Medway, a transsexual woman, noted that she has been using female bathrooms for years without problems. She called on Kavanagh to back away from the efforts. She stated that “I’ve been using washrooms for 15 years and I don’t want to be discriminated against, and I’m scared to go to a male washroom.”
The committee voted 7 to 4 along party lines to advance the “Show Me Your Papers Before You Go Potty” bill.
By and large, transsexuals are very cautious about locker rooms and bathrooms even though there have been a couple of controversial incidents involving transsexuals appearing naked in places that have caused problems.
The hearing was attended by numerous people and advocates from the LGBT Community who cried “shame” when the vote went through. Kavanagh claims that he had listened to the criticism of the bill, but revised it to shield businesses from lawsuits and he claims protecting people from being exposed to “naked men in women’s locker rooms and showers.” Of course, with that statement, Kavanagh shows his ignorance about transsexuality and women’s washrooms.
As Medway pointed out “In ladies washrooms, they’re all stalls, they are segmented.”
Andre Banks, a NY-based spokesman for All Out, stated “These sort of tabloid attacks around bathroom behavior are largely overblown. Often these sort of great fears that people bring up never come to fruition. But what is very real is the kind of violence, discrimination and intimidation that transgender people face all across this country.”
Tuscon Democratic Representative Stefanie Mach called the proposal “an unnecessary response” and said “It’s just over the top.”
Given the variety of bodies that cis-sex women and men have, it can be nearly impossible to tell if someone is or is not transsexual without seeing their private bits. This bill would require business owners to require that all women and men disrobe before allowing them to use the bathroom.
To date, the only incident to hit the national new occurred in Washignton State where a transsexual woman disrobed completely in a women’s locker room causing a great deal of controversy. Most transsexuals are very reluctant to completely disrobe in any public situation.