AZ Rep. John Kavanagh’s Bathroom Bill Flushed Until Next Year


The Arizona transgender community is sighing in relief as they can continue using the bathroom peacefully until such a time that Rep. John Kavanagh should reintroduce a bill making these ongoing bodily functions illegal. Pee in Peace Arizona. (or at least until the next legislative session anyways)

(AP) The sponsor of an Arizona bill targeting transgender people who want to use bathrooms of the gender they identify with says he’s giving up on the issue this Legislative session.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh said Wednesday there’s concern in his caucus about some of his proposal’s definitions, so it will have to be shelved until next year.

Kavanagh caused a national uproar in March when he proposed the bathroom privacy language.

The original bill would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to use a bathroom other than the one designated for his or her birth sex

After an outcry from advocacy groups, Kavanagh changed the measure to instead shield businesses from civil or criminal liability if they ban people from restrooms that don’t match their birth sex.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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