While most of the nation (and world!) are patently horrified by the passing of oppressive anti-gay laws in North Carolina, some bigots have been emboldened by the acceptance of these new rules and have taken to creating even more hateful regulations in their own cities. Take, for example: Oxford, Alabama, which just announced plans to jail transgender individuals who use bathrooms that correlate with their identified gender.
Responding to the announcement that Target would allow transgender people to use whatever bathrooms they want, lawmakers introduced an ordinance that seeks to punish transgender people -- in both public and private buildings -- for attempting to use the bathroom of the sex that is not listed on their birth certificate (because we all carry our birth certificates to the bathroom). Here's what the new rule says:
“...Citizens have a right to quite [sic] solicitude [sic] and to be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facilities by members of the opposite biological sex ... [S]ingle sex public facilities are places of increased venerability [sic] and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities which may include, but not limited to, voyeurism, exhibitionism, molestation, and assault and battery.”
The spelling mistakes throughout the ordinance would be hilarious if they weren't also sad.
And the penalty for breaking the new rule? A $500 fine or up to six months in jail.
Oxford City Council President Steven Waits said that the council passed it “not out of concerns for the 0.3 percent of the population who identify as transgender,” but “to protect our women and children,” according to the Anniston Star.
It gets worse and worse.