Republican legislators in Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere are trying to enact so-called “bathroom bills” and other measure designed to keep trans people from using the bathroom associated with the gender identity.
Their reasoning? Trans people are sex fiends who will try to molest you while you pee or pee.
Only there are no reported cases of trans men or women assaulting people in bathrooms.
According to Media Matters, there haven’t even been any reports of men “pretending’ to be transgender to gain access to women’s spaces and commit crimes against them.”
You know who have been arrested in public bathrooms for sexual misconduct: Republican politicians.
Without even diving too deep, we found three GOP legislators who were picked up for lavatory indiscretions. Obviously we need laws against senators using bathrooms, not trans people!
In 1981, this Mississippi congressman was arrested for engaging in oral sex in the House of Representatives bathroom with a Library of Congress clerk.
It was actually Hinson’s second offense: He had been arrested in 1976 for exposing himself to an undercover agent at the Iwo Jima memorial, but blamed it on alcoholism and managed to get reelected in 1980.
After the bathroom incident, though, Hinson resigned—and soon came out as gay. To his credit, the former politician spent the rest of his life as an LGBT activist, fighting the military’s ban on homosexuals and forming the Fairfax Lesbian and Gay Citizens Association in Fairfax, Virginia.
He died of AIDS-related illness at age 53.
The Idaho Republican was famously arrested in 2007 for lewd conduct in a men’s room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
An undercover officer claimed he tried to initiate a sexual liaison, but Senator Craig insisted he just had a “wide stance.”
Craig pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct in August, but tried to withdraw the plea two months later, and reversed his decision to resign from the Senate.
He finished out his term under a cloud of scandal and declined to run for re-election in 2008.
That same year, Florida state Representative Bob Allen was arrested after allegedly agreeing to pay $20 to perform oral sex on an undercover police officer in the men’s room of a public park.
Allen, a longtime Republican, resigned later that yea but maintained he was only in the restroom because he was scared of the African-American men in the park, including the arresting officer.
“I certainly wasn’t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn’t there to exchange money for it,” he insisted. “This [officer] is a pretty stocky black guy, and there’s other black guys around in the park… I said ’they’re around here, you ought to know about that.'”
We guess a Florida Republican would rather be branded a racist than gay.