Florida Legislator Frank Artiles wants to put transgender youth Jazz Jennings in jail

Jazz with brothers

Jazz sits between her brothers


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….


mitt romney

Artiles posing with Mitt Romney, another man who secretly fears transgender children.

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.

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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:

Ally’s Journey from Shelly on Vimeo.

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”.

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33 Responses to Florida Legislator Frank Artiles wants to put transgender youth Jazz Jennings in jail

  1. bret February 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

    get this guy out of office. He is discriminating. And violating people’s civil rights

  2. Paula Anne Hvasta February 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I swear, I would move to FL JUST to vote against this guy!!

  3. robet Trinidad February 11, 2015 at 7:04 am

    We all have Rights… Even trans kids

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  4. Keven J Kane February 11, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Artiles, you are a pathetic excuse for a human being. Go crawl back under a rock. Yuck.

  5. Ricky Schaw February 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Like WTF! These Assholes up in these positions that they have , think they can rule the world with there power , and when they loose one fight they just turn around and start another , this is the most appauling thing I have heard yet ,

  6. Wesley Adair. February 11, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I don’t understand this what did jazz do that was so wrong

    • Jeff Kincaid February 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Wesley, in the small minds of people like this clown, Jazz IS wrong. Jazz does wrong just by existing. I, of course do not agree and think Jazz is a beautiful vibrant girl who should be let alone to grow and become a normal adult, unfettered by governmental idiocy.

    • David March 15, 2015 at 2:44 am

      Exist. Ignorant people can’t stomach the thought that people exist who don’t fit their pigeon holes.

  7. Margo Saltzman February 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I am SO angry that ANYONE WOULD want to put anyone in jail who is expressing their gender identity. I KNOW this proposed bill won’t pass. If it did this COUNTRY will be in a Trans rights fight mode. Best way way to unite the Trans community is for a fool like this who thinks he can control thru legislation what he doesn’t like about inevitable societal changes. I will PERSONALLY start this national campaign on behalf of Jazz. This is disgusting behavior on the part of a legislator!! He should be removed by the FL legislator! I am so mad.

    • David March 15, 2015 at 3:12 am

      Don’t make that assumption. Many people in NAZI Germany didn’t think it possible that the government would round up “undesirables” and put them to death. I remember the time when a person who was transgender could be imprisoned or committed to a mental hospital for being transgender. There are people who were committed to state mental hospitals for being transgender who didn’t get out until the 1980s and had been there for decades. In some states, until recently, it was a crime for a man to “impersonate a woman.” American Samoa only just very recently decriminalized “impersonating a woman.” In the 1970s police frequently raided venues that included drag queens as entertainment and charged the entertainers with the crime of impersonating a woman. A friend of mine was arrested for this in Kentucky in the early 80s. In California there is still a law on the books that makes it a felony to disguise one’s gender of birth for the purpose of seducing someone to have sex with them. This means that if you are a transgender woman and go out on a date and have sex with your date and they later discover you were born a different gender, they can have you arrested and may very well convince a jury to convict you. I have only lived in Florida for a few months and based on my observations, the public is very eager to gleefully round up transgender people, torches and pitchforks in hand and lynch them all. They just waiting for the right Hitler-esque politician to lead the way.

  8. Susan Delgado February 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I have never met Jazz in person but I am in AWE of such a courageous human being which MANY of you have a LOT to learn from !!!! We are all human beings with the same right to be respected in our rights. There are so many disgusting people who should take a look at their own lives . No, I am not transgender, nor gay, nor lesbian, but for me a person earns their rightful place in life following good moral values. And their sexual preferences has NOTHING to do with the kind of person they can become in life, and I personally would be HONORED to shake hands and exchange a warm embrace with Jazz who is a role model to the world !!! We have your back Jazz !!!!!!

  9. Lee Snelson February 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I’m also Transgender, but didn’t have the nerve to come out and start transition till age fifty, to see a young person with so much courage and faith in herself such as Jazz is truly inspiring, the fact that young people have so much more peer pressure on their shoulders than we older folks do, is extremely commendable, you tell them how it is Jazz, the world will be a better place for it one day 🙂 xo

  10. JA February 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Artiles is just plain wrong, but using his own logic: What would he say to intersex people, people whose “birth sex” falls in both or neither categories completely? Are they supposed to just hold it, too? This is outrageous. You go, Jazz. You’re the bomb for fighting for the rights of the gender nonconforming everywhere.

  11. Jodi Lamparelli February 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    this SICKENS me!!! To even SAY something so outrageous is a crafty and political way of spewing hatred. I will vote in the next election FOR whoever it is that is running against this creep. The ignorance is vile…. AND, by the way, I’ve personally known this young lady for years…. ANY parent would be proud of this child…. Artiles, go deal with murderers, rapists, hate crimes, drugs, war and bullying……. Just saying….

  12. Allen Woods February 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    OK , First of all how can anyone say “That going to the restroom is a CHOICE ?” its a physically necessity and could cause massive health problems if people are forced to hold it in for any extended time .
    Second if this is such a problem for the Government or gotten to the point of passing a bill or considering prosecuting those who are in need , then here is a simple solution for ya , you made it a law to have separate gender bathrooms “Male and Female” and then forced everyone to accommodate those who are handicap by making everything handicap accessible , so if this is such a huge deal then make a “Family or Optional” restrooms to accommodate everyone no matter who they are .
    Third of all i am still trying to wrap my head around all this and figure out what the hell the problem is here ? what is there to be afraid of or worried about ? and why would anyone ever even consider it to become a bill or illegal ? OMG…wake up this is such a childish reaction like a bunch of preschoolers worrying about getting cooties …good lord …lol

    Do some research , those who are transgendered is a medical issue in regards to a persons feelings of their own sexuality and preferences , what are you people afraid of ? you think they just want to come in the restroom to stare or look at your your pecker or something ?

    In Closing i am all for any person of transgender using which ever
    restroom they feel comfortable in , and it should be left up to them not someone else trying to force their own beliefs or feelings or religions into the decisions , Thank You.

  13. Diana Gallegos February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Who does that? Its like passing a bill saying a girl can’t go to the girls bathroom because she’s lesbian. Leave Transsexual People alone for God sakes. Let them be. Everyone is so fucking again gays bisexuals lesbians transexuals like really why the fuck do you care your not the. one who’s that way. Just leave yESH alone and let us be with who we love even if its the same gender and even if we change our gender. Cause when you describe love is never described to be with a different gender and no one should tell us what gender we should be. Like cmon why do you care? It isn’t your life. This is just very pathetic

  14. Alex Culbreth February 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Why is it that he can perpetuate such hate against so many people and we cannot sue him and have him fired for a malicious hate crime?

  15. Maxie Grant February 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    No one needs to know what is between your legs except you.

    Frank Artiles is the pervert here. What business of it is his? NONE.

  16. lisa hartsock combs February 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Politicians have two political goals, to be reelected(or elected) and to separate everyone for what is coming in the near future! He is just an arrogant *** who thinks that he has the right to persecute everyone as they see fit and for whatever reason they see fit. Start looking into what is coming in the future!

  17. Walker February 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    His FB page is State Rep Frank Artiles. Feel free to go there and comment daily. He keep erasing responses.

  18. Tracy Garrett February 12, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    This jerk needs a hobby! Jazz is beautiful inside and out, and just wants the same rights as everyone else. She would never threaten or hurt anyone. We need to stop electing people into office who show more hatred than anything else. Anyone on here opposing Jazz and others like her, don’t hide behind the Bible as the reason for your prejudice and discrimination!!!

  19. adam daigneault February 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I saport transgender and gay rights and will sign the petition
    Thank you. Have a great day

  20. Carolyn March 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Doth protest too much? Perhaps Artiles is fighting his own sexuality … no better way to deny oneself than to attempt to deny others. The riduculous statement that going to the loo is a choice … that alone should be enough to have him ousted.

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  22. charles h. miranda October 4, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I’m A Transgender Myself; And That Awful Politician
    Should Be Voted Out Of Office By The People Of The
    State Of Florida; So Please All You Good People In
    The State Of Florida Vote Frank Artiles Out Of Office
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  24. Rachel Crowley October 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Fuck the haters. It’s everybody’s right to pee. I’m a 27 year old pre op trans girl. I say boycott the government and go pee on their staircase. Transgender power!

  25. Emily October 27, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I am only eleven, however I know much on the issue of being transgender for my age. My viewpoint is that this man thinking he has the right to put Jazz in jail is outraging. I believe that Jazz, although a transgender female, is still a female and any other argument is invalid. I, among the others my age, are one of the few children that know about this issue and support it. Among my knowledge, this man has no right to put Jazz in jail and someone please tell me otherwise if I am wrong. And after boring you with my repetitive comment, I would simply like to state that after reading this article, that man should be thrown out of office for being so discriminatory. In an election, I would rather support Trump and his attempting to close borders more than this man.

  26. Debbie Ballard April 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve written a book that describes what happens to transgender girls who DON’T transition. Not a happy story.

    “Living in Stealth : Undercover” describes differences that were observed as young as 2 years old, and the challenges and thinking as we grow up.

    Mostly it’s my story, but I include the experiences of a few others in the character.

    I also show the conversations of others.

    Transgender suicide is common. As many as a third are dead before they are 30. Half of those with severe Gender Dysphoria will actually attempt suicide multiple times before they are 25.

    Those who transition are happier, healthier, more productive, more stable.

  27. Cathy Smith April 12, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Prejudice is a SERIOUS mental illness…it is not something you teach your kids or boast about at work…

  28. Jimmy Ashcraft April 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    If Jazz walked into the men’s restroom, that would be cause for concern. If Jazz walked into the women’s restroom and just took care of business. Who would know.
    People are worried about transgender people using the restroom. If someone wants to cause harm, they’ll just ignore laws. Just like gun control.
    Don’t we have more pressing problems.

  29. Alix mist April 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t believe this dude. Jazz is an amazing person and deserves to do what she wishes. All transgender people deserve to. I am 15 myself and only recently came out. Knowing that this guy wants to do this in my home state sickens me. He shouldnt be allowed near office if thats what he thinks.