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.