We can always count on Texas Rep. Debbie Riddle to introduce common-sense and much-needed legislation. Her latest bill would make it a misdemeanor for someone to use a public restroom of the opposite gender, and a state jail felony for a building manager to allow such tomfoolery.
As Gritsforbreakfast points out, the bill's weird treatise on chromosomes makes it clear that it's aimed at transgender folks.
The bill states, "the gender of an individual is the gender established at the individual's birth or the gender established by the individual's chromosomes. A male is an individual with at least one X chromosome and at least one Y chromosome, and a female is an individual with at least one X chromosome and no Y chromosomes."
We wonder if building managers will have to hire geneticists to guard restroom entrances and count chromosomes. Either that, or as Grits points out, the bill might just "hasten the move toward unisex restrooms so that building managers wouldn't risk committing a state jail felony if the wrong person uses the wrong toilet. It'd seem like the only rational response from a business perspective. Why risk committing a state jail felony when you can eliminate the possibility by posting two stick figures on the door instead of one?"
But that would put an undue burden on building managers. Clearly, the only equitable approach would be to make it illegal for transgender people to go to the bathroom. Ever. Well, either that, or we just outlaw idiocy. But then what would Riddle do for a job?
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