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Arizona Transgender Bathroom Bill: Let Us Pee Without Showing ID

Trans activist protests "show me your papers to pee" bill. Photo courtesy of TransGriot

Trans activist protests “show me your papers to pee” bill. Photo courtesy of TransGriot

If Arizona Representative John Kavanagh has his way, soon police might be able to throw you behind bars for using the “wrong” restroom.

Kavanagh’s proposed amendment to bill S.B.1432 would allow police to stop anyone they suspect is not using the public bathroom, shower, or changing room that matches the sex on their birth certificate. The accused would have to show proof of sex, and if they don’t have ID or if the sex on their ID doesn’t match their gender identity, the offender could face up to six months jail and a $2,500 fine. The legislation, which unabashedly targets transgender people, will be heard Wednesday.

As if government in our bedrooms weren’t enough, Kavanagh is trying to bring it into our bathrooms as well.

Public bathrooms have long been a point of discomfort and even danger for trans people. Trans individuals who are transitioning and don’t neatly fit in either category struggle with which bathroom to use to avoid drawing attention. Some trans people avoid drinking liquids all day simply to avoid the harassment, complaints, or even assault that using a public restroom might bring. Read more at PolicyMic.com

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