Republicans in the American state of North Carolina are again attempting to bar transgender people from bathrooms.
While the state legislature has partially repealed a law that requires people to use bathrooms consistent with the sex they were assigned at birth a new bill is being touted in opposition.
State Rep. Brenden Jones has co-sponsored House Bill 562 that states that entering or remaining in a bathroom “without authorization” will be considered trespassing. However, the bill stops short of mentioning transgender people or referring to a person’s sex.
Meanwhile, Jones wrote in a Facebook post that his bill will do two things. “First, it will specifically state it is a second degree trespass for entering a restroom or changing room of the opposite sex; secondly, it would enhance the punishment from what it is now, a class 3 misdemeanor punishable up to only 10 days, to a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable up to 120 days in jail.”
Further, Jones has written on Facebook that “our children will not be forced to share bathrooms with those of the opposite sex…I will never waiver on this vital issue of privacy.”
Cathryn Oakley of the Human Rights Campaign has said that the requirement of “authorization” to be in a bathroom could be specifically harmful to transgender people. “There’s not backstop to prevent further anti-LGBTQ legislation from being introduced, debated, and potentially passed. The North Carolina General Assembly is not going to stop going after transgender people,” she said.
(Information sourced from MotherJones.com)