Recently surfaced footage shows a lesbian woman being forced from a public women’s bathroom because she could not convince the police that she is female.
Activist and blogger Tamara McDaniel shared the video on her Facebook profile.
“Lesbian harassed and forced to leave a public restroom because the police insist she’s a man. Is this what ‘Make America Great Again’ means? This makes me very sad, and I want no part of this irrational fear,” read her description.
The clip shows a woman unsuccessfully trying to convince police officers that she is, in fact, a woman. The cops refuse to believe her because she refuses to show them an ID.
Her friends keep telling the officers that she is a woman, but the police pay no heed to them.
The woman is then physically removed from the bathroom by two policemen.
The video is disturbing but not more so than the thought that this behavior could easily become a norm.
In February, Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding on state antidiscrimination laws to allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as.
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But no more than a month later, a special session of North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed the House Bill 2 (HB2) or the “bathroom bill” that was signed it into law that same night.
The new law did more than repeal the Charlotte ordinance. It took away the local governments’ rights to pass antidiscrimination measures.
Similarly, Oxford City Council passed an ordinance recently saying residents must use public restrooms corresponding with their biological sex.
Ohio is also on its way to passing a similar bill that requires people to use the public bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.
Mississippi is already on the bandwagon.
Anita Staver, wife of Mat Staver (head of the legal team that defended Kentucky’s outspoken anti-marriage equality county clerk Kim Davis), feels so threatened by Target’s decision to allow people to use bathrooms and restrooms of the genders they associate themselves with, she plans to carry a gun for protection.
Yes, her Twitter handle actually is Liberty Lawyer!
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