Surprise: There’s no one on that list!
There is zero evidence that trans people “prey” upon anyone, let alone children, when they’re just trying to pee. The National Center for Transgender Equality has “not heard of a single instance of a transgender person harassing a non-transgender person in a public restroom. Those who claim otherwise have no evidence that this is true and use this notion to prey on the public’s stereotypes and fears about transgender people.” The Transgender Law Center, Human Rights Campaign and American Civil Liberties Union back that up, telling Mic.com there’s no statistical evidence to warrant this ridiculous legislation.
The Advocate also agrees: “There has never been a verifiable reported instance of a trans person harassing a cisgender person, nor have there been any confirmed reports of male predators ‘pretending’ to be transgender to gain access to women’s spaces and commit crimes against them.”
There, are however, three Republican politicians who belong on the list:
1. Larry Craig
This Idaho Republican Senator was busted in 2007 for lewd conduct in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport men’s room. Remember, he’s the “toe-tapper” who claimed he simply had a “wide stance” after an undercover cop took him in for trying to do the nasty with him. Craig ended up pleading guilty to “disorderly conduct,” a lesser crime, but actually finished out his term. He didn’t, however, run for re-election the following year.
According to the report filed by the officer who arrested Craig at the Minneapolis airport in June, Craig stood outside the officer’s bathroom stall for two minutes, repeatedly looked at the officer “through the crack in the door,” sat in the stall next to the officer, tapped his foot, and gradually “moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot … within my stall area.” Craig proceeded to “swipe his hand under the stall divider for a few seconds” three times, palm up, using the hand farthest from that side of Craig’s stall. Most of these gestures, the officer explained, were known pickup signals in a room known (and hence under surveillance for) public sex. When the officer took Craig outside and told him so, Craig claimed he had been reaching down with his hand to retrieve a piece of paper from the floor. The officer wrote that no such paper had been on the floor.
Craig actually helped to enact “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
2. Jon Hinson
It was 1981 when this Mississippi congressman was busted for having oral sex with a staffer in the House of Representatives’ bathroom. (Pretty damn ballsy.) And that wasn’t the first time he’d been arrested. Five years prior, in ’76, he was busted for exposing himself to an undercover cop.
Still, Hinson managed to get himself re-elected in 1980. (He said the whole thing was due to his alcoholism.)
Hinson resigned after the second incident in ’81, for which he received a (suspended) 30-day sentence and a year of probation if he agreed to seek treatment. But guess what? You can’t treat the gay! Shortly after the incident, Hinson came out, eventually becoming an LGBT activist (He fought against the ban on gays in the military, too.)
Sadly, he passed away from AIDS in 1995.
3. Bob Allen
This Florida state representative was busted in 2007 for saying he’d pay $20 to blow an undercover cop in a public park bathroom. Rather charming for a GOP’er who claimed to be all about “family values,” huh?
From a 2007 account:
Officers say they noticed Allen acting suspicious as he went in and out of the men’s restroom 3 times. Minutes later, he solicited an undercover male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20. Officers realized he was a public figure after the arrest.
To make matters even worse, Allen claimed “the only reason he was in the bathroom was because he was hiding out from the scary African-American men hanging around.” What. A. Schmuck.
Allen reportedly worked for Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.
So, Republicans, enough with the bullshit. Maybe it’s time to admit that the reasoning behind your so-called “bathroom bills” is bogus? Or at least start worrying about the creepy guys in your own party?
To insinuate that the transgender community is full of sexual predators is shameless and vile, particularly when you consider the disgustingly high rates at which they are the victims of sex crimes themselves.
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