Florida House Bill 583 @Artiles118 (USA)

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Republican Rep. Frank Artiles of Florida introduced legislation to limit use of bathrooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, fitting rooms, locker rooms, showers, and other similar facilities based on biological sex. House Bill 583 recites as public policy that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in restrooms and that they will not encounter members of the opposite sex while using them. It also correctly notes that “single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism.”

The bill is the natural outcome of overbroad gender identity legislation pushed by Men’s Rights Activists. Lesbian feminists have spoken out about this for years now.

We oppose this legislation because, among other reasons, it will demonize gender nonconforming Women using Women’s facilities. We encourage transgender activists to limit their so-called “civil rights” legislation to actual transsexuals, to the extent they still believe such legislation is necessary.

Florida Republican introduces draconian anti-transgender bill – Salon

6 thoughts on “Florida House Bill 583 @Artiles118 (USA)

  1. “We oppose this legislation because, among other reasons, it will demonize gender nonconforming Women using Women’s facilities. We encourage transgender activists to limit their so-called “civil rights” legislation to actual transsexuals, to the extent they still believe such legislation is necessary.”

    “We” might oppose it, but I don’t.. I don’t live in Florida, but I think it’s a good idea.

    How does this “demonize gender nonconforming women”? It’s about biological sex not gender identity.

  2. An act relating to single-sex public facilities; providing purpose and legislative findings; creating 3 s. 760.55, F.S.; providing definitions; requiring that use of single-sex public facilities be restricted to persons of the sex for which the facility is designated; prohibiting knowingly and willfully entering a single-sex public facility designated for or restricted to persons of the other biological sex; providing criminal penalties; providing exemptions; providing private cause of action against violators; providing for preemption; providing an effective date.

    Reasonable exceptions (there is no reason why a transgender identified person can’t use a unisex restroom). Males have no inherent right to access women’s restrooms.

    EXEMPTIONS.— 63
    (a) This section does not apply to public facilities that are conspicuously designated for unisex or family use.
    (b) This section does not apply to public facilities that are designated to be used by only one person at a time.
    (c) This section does not require any place of public accommodation, school, or place of employment to construct or maintain single-sex public facilities or to modify existing public facilities.
    (d) Restricting access to single-sex public facilities in the manner required by subsection (2) may not be deemed unlawful discrimination under s. 760.08.:

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  4. “This kind of law empowers misogynists to question butch women in women’s restrooms. We oppose this.”

    I’m a butch woman, and I don’t oppose it. In fact, I’m far more of a butch than Chaz Bono was before she “transitioned”. As to misogynists, there is nothing more misogynistic than transwomen (biological males) telling women that they don’t matter, and stripping them of their privacy rights. I’ve seen some extremely misogynistic males who identify as transgender. This blog of all places knows this is true. On this blog, there are too many examples of misogynistic transgender males to list.

    The use of restrooms, locker rooms, and showers should be based on biological sex and anatomy not “gender identity”. It’s a biological function, and people don’t relieve themselves through their brains (gender identity). Females have a right to privacy, and I can’t see how penis in the women’s restroom or locker room is some kind of civil right. Exceptions could be made for people with actual medical intersex conditions and perhaps transsexuals who have undergone SRS. Many, if not most, transwomen are fully intact males. Under most gender identity laws, sex reassignment surgery is basically optional. In the Colleen Francis case, the Evergreen State College campus police report says, “her legs open and her male genitalia showing”. This insanity needs to stop now. Women have no way of knowing what he is doing in the next stall. Isn’t it kind of creepy. A woman is trying to change her tampon, and some pre-op MTF (still has his penis and testicles) is playing with “her male genitalia”. This is complete B.S. I say good for this legislation. We have had enough, and people are frankly fed up.

    Evergreen State College Police report

    http://www.adfmedia.org/files/EvergreenPoliceReport.pdf

    Specifically, why does Ms. Brennan believe that penis in the women’s restroom is some sort of civil right? I argue that it is violating the privacy rights of women, and potentially endangering girls and women. I don’t care how he identifies. If he is an intact biological male, he needs to stay out of the women’s restroom, locker room, showers, etc. It’s really not complicated. It’s only complicated because we make it complicated. Look between your legs. If there is a penis there, then stay out of the women’s restroom. Perhaps after he has undergone SRS, hormones, counseling to see that he is not an insane sociopath like Douglas, “Donna”, Perry, and the whole nine yards. Until then, stay out. Even if he has undergone SRS, I don’t believe that sex offenders who have been convicted of raping girls or women or murdering women should ever have access to women’s restrooms. There are too many examples on this blog of transgender identified males who have been convicted of molesting girls and murdering women to list here. Why does Ms. Brennan believe that Lisa Summers, Sydney Sezer, Paula Witherspoon, or any of the numerous males listed on this blog should have access to women’s restrooms?

    As it stands right now, girls and women have no idea who or what they are dealing with.

    By the way, I despise Republicans, but some sanity needs to be restored.

  5. I read this legislation again. It covers not only restrooms, but locker rooms and showers as well (single sex public facilities). That is, places where nudity, and a fundamental human right to bodily autonomy and privacy are expected.

    An act relating to single-sex public facilities;

    “Single-sex public facilities” means bathrooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, fitting rooms, locker rooms, showers, and other similar facilities where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy; that are maintained by an owner of public accommodations, a school, or a place of employment; that are conspicuously designated with appropriate signage for use by persons of only one sex; and that are designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time.”

    We know two things. First, under most “gender identity” laws, sex reassignment surgery is optional. That is, males still have male genitalia. Second, we have already seen examples where the fundamental human right of privacy has been trashed and violated, resulting in embarrassment and shame for females. Francis in Washington State is not the only example.

    “I am a senior woman. Recently, a “man” claiming to be transgender, who had not yet begun physical treatments, was permitted by our local Y to use the women’s locker room. There are no secure change rooms. The person they allowed in was not courteous and stared at me while I struggled out of a wet bathing suit. He was naked, had an erection and playfully asked ‘do you come here often?’ I understand that gender is no longer judged solely by genitalia, but does a brief contact with the duty manager mean that men not yet committed to gender reassignment are free to disrobe anywhere they choose?”

    http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/01/04/transgender_mans_behaviour_in_changeroom_unacceptable_gallinger.html

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