Bil Browning

Organized Labor Responds to Trans Bathroom Bills

Filed By Bil Browning | March 20, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: bathroom bill, labor movement and LGBT people, labor unions, Pride At Work

"These attempts to ban transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from using the restroom that best matches their gender identity are appalling on every level. Bills like these are nothing more than an attempt to implement a solution for which there is no problem. Grown adults, and even most children, have no problem deciding which bathroom they should use and laws that restrict those choices are misguided, mean-spirited, and demeaning.

"Access to a sanitary restroom is a health and safety concern both in public and in the workplace. Federal regulations require that all workers are given prompt access to such facilities at their work sites and many jurisdictions are passing laws that require all publicly accessible single-stall restrooms to be gender neutral. States that pass laws to the contrary are moving in the wrong direction and stand to create a situation where workers and the general public could be confused or intimidated about which facility they should use.

"Creating a false sense of fear of transgender individuals - which seems to be the core purpose of these bills - compounds the daily struggle many transgender and gender non-conforming people encounter every day. Facing criminal charges for using the bathroom is an insult to the values of freedom and equality most Americans hold dear. These bills must not be allowed to become law and, working with our partners in organized labor and on the ground, we will do everything we can to stop them."

-- Pride At Work Executive Director Jerame Davis in a statement released to media yesterday. P@W was the first labor organization to make a statement about the wave of "bathroom bills" sweeping the nation, but his statement was quickly picked up and echoed by other labor unions and organizations over social media throughout the day. Davis is also the co-owner of Bilerico Project.

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