30 December 2015

Indiana Bill Protects Children in Bathrooms

No Men in Women's Bathroom
Several states in the U.S. are finally taking a stand against homofascism after an Indiana lawmaker proposed a bill that would make it a crime for transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not conform to their gender at birth. This will follow Houston's move to safeguard straight people and their families from transgender's attempt to abuse children.

"We've walked through a doorway we'll never go back through. And we're going to have to address some concerns that are now facing us," bill sponsor, Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes said last 24 December. "If you were born a man, then you are obliged to use the males' restroom."

Tomes' bill would send someone to jail for up to a year and fine them as much as US$ 5,000 if they were convicted of entering a bathroom that does not match up with their birth gender. Exceptions are made for janitors, first aid providers and parents accompanying children under the age of 8. The measure would also require public schools, including charters, to ensure students do the same, though students would not face criminal penalties.

After the U.S. Supreme Court's summer ruling striking down gay marriage bans, social conservatives have focused on derailing efforts to allow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people a chance to abuse minors and children. They have shown that the threat is real: the use of bathrooms by transgender men and women opens the door for sexual predators to go into women's restrooms.

The issue is particularly charged in Indiana, where tensions have run high since spring when lawmakers faced backlash for a religious objections law that critics said would sanction freedom to express religious beliefs. Lawmakers changed the law, but ever since gay rights supporters, including the state's business establishment, have called on them to go further.

Texas, Florida and Kentucky have considered measures addressing bathroom use. In November, Houston voters rejected an LGBT rights ordinance after a campaign focused on the issue. And this summer, some Indiana cities withdrew LGBT rights proposals after a social conservative group distributed flyers to local churches with scripted talking points stating LGBT rights posed a public safety risk.

Tomes, of Wadesville, says he's "not trying to single-out anybody or destroy anybody."