Florida Legislator Frank Artiles wants to put transgender youth Jazz Jennings in jail
Florida Representative Frank Artiles incensed over Miami-Dade county’s trans-inclusive human rights ordinance has submitted a bill which if passed would criminalize trans people who need to pee.
Artiles is not worried if the bill he introduced last week will create problems for transgender people, he told BuzzFeed News because using the restroom is a “choice.”
The Miami Republican’s bill would restrict single-sex public facilities — including restrooms in restaurants, theaters, workplaces, and schools — to people of the corresponding “biological sex, either male or female, at birth.” Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
Jazz and her mom are very concerned about this bill tweeting….
Don’t allow it to be a crime for Jazz to use the bathroom. Please sign: https://t.co/GTJoic7r6s
— Jeanette (@MomofJazz) February 9, 2015
Asked if such a rule would create problems for transgender women required to use the men’s room, Artiles told BuzzFeed News, “People are not forced to go the restroom. They choose to go to the restroom.”
“While I understand there are transgender people who want to use bathrooms however they want to feel, that is irrelevant to me,” Artiles explained. He said gender identity was “subjective” and the birth sex of a transgender person is the only factor that should dictate which restroom they use.
Representative Frank Artiles is legislating hatred, without concern about the damage his bill would do to Floridians.
The American Psychological Association took the extraordinary step issuing this position statement.
“APA opposes all public and private discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived gender identity and expression and urges the repeal of discriminatory laws and policies;
Therefore be it further resolved that APA supports the passage of laws and policies protecting the rights, legal benefits, and privileges of people of all gender identities and expressions.”
Jazz Jennings and her mom are very concerned about this bill. They are hoping you’ll sign the Change.org petition asking legislators to vote Against HB 583 Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Bill”
HB 583 states:
Single-Sex Public Facilities: Requires that use of single-sex facilities be restricted to persons of sex for which facility is designated; prohibits knowingly & willfully entering single-sex public facility designated for or restricted to persons of other biological sex; provides exemptions; provides private cause of action against violators; provides for preemption.
The justification for Artiles’ bill could possibly been authored by a TERF:
(d) 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 people that that HB 583 ‘protects’ cisgender people from:
Twenty Florida cities and counties have passed transgender-inclusive ordinances with no reported problems.
trans Inclusive laws have been passed in 12 states. Law enforcement and state officials in those states are reporting that they have not had a single incident.
This bill like the one being shlepped in the Kentucky legislature has no merit.
Please sign Change.org petition asking legislators to vote Against HB 583 Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Bill”.