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Wed May 17, 2023, 12:12 PM May 2023

Florida's Trans Bathroom Ban Signed: Arrests To Follow Regardless Of Legal Gender Status [View all]


Today, Ron DeSantis posed with several children as he signed multiple laws targeting the transgender community. One law expands “Don’t Say Gay” to the 12th grade, bans books, and bans updating pronouns, making transition in a school environment much more difficult. Another uses obscenity laws to potentially target drag events, which has already led to pride parades being cancelled. Yet another bill bans gender affirming care for trans youth and bans nurse practitioners — the providers of nearly 80% of gender-affirming care — from treating trans adults. The most troubling bill, though, is a ban on transgender people in bathrooms that comes with criminal charges and jail sentences. The wording of the ban raises serious concerns that many transgender adults are in imminent danger of arrest once the law comes into effect.

House Bill 1521 will effectively give second-class citizen status to transgender people in Florida. The wording of the bill states that if a cisgender person is in the bathroom with a transgender person, an employee can tell the transgender person to leave. Should the transgender person not leave immediately for any reason, they will be charged with criminal trespass, which can carry sentences of up to 1 year in jail - likely a jail of the wrong gender identity, which will put trans people in immense danger of sexual assault.

While the provisions do not ban all bathroom usage, they cast a wide net over an alarming number of locations that would fall under definitions of “public” in the bill. This includes all buildings owned or leased by any governmental entity, educational institutions spanning from elementary schools to private colleges and universities, numerous hospitals owned by universities, many sports arenas, convention centers, city parks, beaches, airports, and more.

You can see the provisions on public bathrooms here:


The redux of "Jim Crow". roamer65 May 2023 #1
DeSantis' pilot project in fascism continues apace Hekate May 2023 #2
And the self-appointed morality police are going to have a field day reporting every person tanyev May 2023 #3
Florida, working hard to be the ugliest state in the US. Another step in fascism, it is happening. RKP5637 May 2023 #4
Florida makes committing hate crimes law of the land Johonny May 2023 #5
And internet conspiracy theory bullshit public policy. Initech May 2023 #18
Bathroom police........... Lovie777 May 2023 #6
So who will be doing these "Crotch Checks"? mackdaddy May 2023 #7
That's my question. Women's bathrooms have stalls. There are no urinals that can be viewed allegorical oracle May 2023 #10
So, do trans men who have to use the woman's Baitball Blogger May 2023 #8
Yea, Can't wait until a trans man who is seriously masculin goes into a women's bathroom. Maraya1969 May 2023 #13
I've been at music events where stools in men's room were commandeered by women. IA8IT May 2023 #9
I'm so sick of internet conspiracy theorists writing public policy. Initech May 2023 #16
I feel really bad for butch women obamanut2012 May 2023 #11
This will not sit well with the travel industry, nor will they stand for it. sanatanadharma May 2023 #12
In the old days, expensive restaurants had restroom attendants jmowreader May 2023 #14
Ron Desantis seems bent on going full Nazi. Initech May 2023 #15
So can a cis gendered female be arrested for using the "men's" bathroom? Freethinker65 May 2023 #17
#BoycottFlorida ZonkerHarris May 2023 #19
We could entirely do away with this mess if we had unisex restrooms like parts of Europe have, royable May 2023 #20
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