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Jan. 16, 2016: Bathroom Bill Whack-A-Mole

January 17, 2016

The “bathroom police” are at it again. I saw this Raw Story article recently, about a Virginia state legislator introducing a bill that would require schools to verify that students have the genitalia that match the gender-specific restrooms and locker rooms they are using at school. WTF??? I wonder how this would be verified. Will children be inspected before using the restroom? Will they have to provide notes from their doctors? I’m sure the bill won’t become law, if not for the fact that it’s ridiculous and discriminatory, then at least because it’s highly impractical.

Meanwhile, remember that story about the ciswoman in Michigan who was publicly upset because of Planet Fitness’ policy of allowing transpeople to use the locker rooms that match their gender identity? Her lawsuit against the gym was dismissed, according to MLive.com.

This whole issue is starting to look like a Whack-A-Mole game. Some transphobic person tries to institutionalize discrimination against transpeople, and the lawsuit, bill, company policy, etc. gets whacked back. And they keep coming, and they keep getting whacked.

 

 

 

 

 

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