Toilet Policeman John Kavanagh Done Trying to Regulate Transgender Bathroom Use (For Now)

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Shitter Sergeant John Kavanagh's credentials
Toilet policeman and Republican Representative John Kavanagh has given up trying to tell transgender people which toilets they can and cannot use, at least this session, according to multiple reports from the state capitol.

Kavanagh tried to regulate transgender toilet usage twice this session, with one proposal making it a crime -- with jail time and all -- to enter a public restroom if the sex on one's birth certificate doesn't match the sign on the door.

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Much of the focus at the Legislature recently has been budget-related (what a novel idea!), and Kavanagh finally admitted to reporters that he's done with the issue this legislative session.

Lavatory Lieutenant Kavanagh pulled his initial proposal after total outrage from the transgender community (and after he refused to discuss the bill at a committee meeting to which scores of people showed up in protest, claiming he showed up without the "appropriate paperwork" due to a "communication breakdown") but then tried again.

Kavanagh then proposed a bill stating "no person or business shall be civilly or criminally liable for denying access to privacy areas based on gender identity or expression."

This, again, was clearly in response to a recently passed City of Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance, which had nothing to do with bathrooms specifically.

Kavanagh's proposal would've made the state government the only entity that could regulate "access to privacy areas in places of public accommodation based on gender identity or expression."

That bill passed the House Appropriations Committee -- which Kavanagh chairs, naturally -- but has just been sitting around ever since.

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Russell Pierce is alive and well in this top quality, Steven Seagall kalostomy bag Representative. Praise Jesus and Sun City for the Arizona HOR. Amen.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I've always wondered how such a low could be enforced in the case of a true hermaphrodite wanting to use a bathroom designated for either sex? It seems to me that there would be a fair amount of ambiguity involved.

valleynative topcommenter

@afdhm nice use of metaphor, but "colon" + "ostomy" = "colostomy".  I'll overlook the extra "L" in Seagal, since he's also a colostomy bag.


@eric.nelson745 I am certain it's not the hermaphrodite population that is affected by this new pc law.  They have seemed to carry on with life without the fuss.


@yourproductsucks @eric.nelson745 I wonder how 'sex' is marked on the birth certificate for a hermaphrodite? "Yes", I suppose would be most appropriate.

If this type of legislation were to become law I would guess that all those ladies who go into men's rooms and use the stalls, when ladies rooms are jammed, would be in violation, right? What about the single parent who takes his/her child into the opposite gender rest room out of pure need for the child to use it?

This attempt by Kavanaugh was a typical knee jerk reaction to gain votes from the eastern bloc party.

valleynative topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins @yourproductsucks @eric.nelson745 Humans can't be hermaphroditic.  They can be 'intersex" or they can have primary sex characteristics that don't match their chromosomes.  In those cases, they generally let the parents decide.

"Eastern bloc" would be ultra far left, not right.

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