Karen Ocamb

Trans Legal Eagle Masen Davis on Arizona's 'Bathroom' Bill

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2013 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Arizona, bathroom bill, bathroom legislation, right to pee, transgender discrimination

Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh, author of what one TV station dubbed the "Show Me Your Papers Before You Go Potty" bill, was interviewed by Michelangelo Signorile on his SiriusXM OutQ radio program Tuesday and admitted that the bill is indeed aimed at prosecuting transgender people for using a public restroom if their gender appearance didn't match the gender on their identification - but "only with respect to public accommodations where there is an expectation of privacy." He also said the a new version of the bill is about "a balancing of rights" to protect business owners from civil or criminal liability if they ban transgender people from restrooms. From Signorile on Huffington Post/Gay Voices (where you can hear the whole interview):

"What the business could do is, they could have sex-specific bathrooms, locker rooms and public - and showers and if it's specific to one gender they could restrict somebody from going in there," Kavanagh said. "And if the person refused, I guess [the business] could always call the police. But if they wanted to allow transgender people in they could just to do that."

Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis was on MSNBC to discuss the law. The video is after the break.

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