This is sickening. Absolutely VILE. Though I am a biological woman, I would be terrified of entering a public toilet anywhere in California. I can’t imagine the humiliation to a transgender man or woman. I mean how do I know whether I am going to be assaulted by some Conservative crazy woman/man who demands that I drop my pants or lift my skirt so she can get her $4,000??? Harassment pure and simple. The grossest kind of harassment. But of course Conservative wackos ain’t gonna see it like that. Let’s turn everyone into a sexual predator so the real ones are safe, eh?
The blanket ban on transgender bathroom usage includes not only an enforcement mechanism, but an incentive to police other people’s gender. Modeled after a bill that failed in Kentucky earlier this year, the Act would create a civil claim against individuals for using the restroom in accordance with their gender identity, as well as against whatever government entity allows them to do so. “Such claim includes equitable relief and damages up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and attorney’s fees that may be determined by a court,” the proposed initiative reads. Anybody “whose privacy was actually violated” — presumably just by seeing a perceived-transgender person in the bathroom — or who decided not to use a bathroom because there was a perceived-transgender person inside would find relief under this claim. In other words, the law would place a bounty on transgender bathroom usage.