Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ISBL Asshat of the Week: Virginia's Transphobic Delegate Mark Cole

I can’t with some people; I just can’t.

I like, er, liked, Ricky Gervais before last week’s Golden Globes when he made several disparaging “jokes” about transgender women. With trans women being targeted for beatings and murder so often around the country, and around the world, making a joke of them is the last thing we need to be doing.

It creates a sense in some places that trans people are less than, that they are freaks, that they are “faking it” because they want to sneak into an opposite sex bathroom and, oh, I don’t know, I can’t wrap my head around that brand of crazy; or this brand …

Virginia Delegate, and Republican, of course, Mark Cole wants to fine transgender children $50 if they use what he says is the “wrong” bathroom. Now, to be fair, Cole wants to fine all transgender people $50 for using any public bathroom that doesn’t matches their birth-assigned gender, but makes a point to say his new proposal applies to students as well. And he's so adamant about it that he has filed two different bills proposing the same thing, though they are worded differently:
HB 663 requires that all public restrooms. all school restrooms, all locker rooms, all school shower rooms are to be “designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex” — described as the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy — “matches such gender designation.”
HB 781 uses slightly different language instead of “anatomical sex.” It requires that all public restrooms. all school restrooms, all locker rooms, all school shower rooms be “designated for and used by individuals/students based on their biological sex” — defined as the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s birth certificate and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy, or by a birth certificate amended in accordance with subsection E of § 32.1-269 which allows trans people to change the sex on their birth certificate only if they’ve undergone sex reassignment surgery.
And both bills end by saying that “any person/student who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50.” This money would go to the state’s Literary Fund.

The Literary Fund? How about to an LGBT Education Fund? How about a Transgender Awareness Fund?

Now, of course, one wonders how Cole’s bill would be enforced. Would there be monitors at the doors of all restrooms and showers and locker rooms in all of Virginia doing a physical inspection of every single person before they enter the room?

Cole’s bills stipulate that “any law-enforcement officer may issue a summons regarding a violation of this section” but how would a police officer know if a violation had taken place?

So, if this lunacy passes, think about schoolchildren forced to show their genitals to a stranger before peeing; think of the adult in any public building being made to prove they are the anatomically correct gender for the bathroom of their choice. Think about that … would you willingly bare your genitals to a police officer before you use the restroom? Well, Cole’s bill would make it a law for you, for anyone, for all of us, to prove our gender by showing our junk to a stranger

And if you think that’s degrading, think how a transgender person, who, seriously, just wants to pee, or use the shower or change clothes, might feel in the same situation.

Less than. Freaks. Different.

I suggest something else entirely for Virginia: I suggest that before anyone be allowed to become a Delegate in their state, that person be subjected to an intelligence test to make sure they aren’t some anti-trans, card carrying loon who thinks that trans people have nothing better to do in a bathroom, locker-room, shower room, than ogle other people. And I would ask that Virginia begin their intelligence test with Mark Cole.

Show us your sense of dignity.

Oh, and your penis, too, if you’re using the bathroom at the statehouse, sir.


the dogs' mother said...

alas and alak - next door legislator here in eastern WA has just introduced two bills. One to allow discrimination based on religion (Arlene's Flowers) and two - the bathroom issue. It even goes so far as to say if you are a male who has transitioned to a woman (all the surgery options, etc) they can still require your DNA. I'm thinking after the fact as that is a looong time to wait to go. http://tinyurl.com/zglbqg9

krayolakris said...

Just when one thinks our country can't get any crazier...there's more. It's a sad situation & very disturbing to know that so many asshats are in public office (&/or trying to). Scary.

Bob Slatten said...

I guess what's next is that we are all forced to walk around nude in public with out birth certificates and copies of our DNA just in case a trans person needs to pee.

Jennifer said...

People are ridiculous. And horrible.

A friend of mine was in the bathroom at a bookstore, when a woman came in with a little boy about 4 or 5 years old. An old lady hissed at her,"He shouldn't be in here! This is a WOMEN'S restroom!"

My friend turned to her and said, "Seriously, b*tch? He's five years old. What exactly do you think he's going to do?"

anne marie in philly said...

individuals like this asshat need to be bitchslapped hard and often. and then some more.

Toni Tona said...

I'm not sure he should have to show his penis every time he uses the facilities. He just wear a badge with ID photo of face and genitals!

Mitchell is Moving said...

This infuriates me. Thanks for adding that last line to your post. I was thinking we should make everyone of these asshats, since they serve the public, publicly drop their pants for all to inspect their parts every time they use the toilet.