Bathroom Predator Myth Clogs Path for LGBT Discrimination Protection Bill in Florida
Conservatives raised concerns that a bill to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace would allow 'anatomical males' to use bathrooms for women.
A bill to offer LGBT Floridians protection against workplace discrimination is to come up for another vote today in a state Senate committee after conservatives raised hackles about how, in the words of one Republican lawmaker, “you could have a lot of weirdos doing weird things in bathrooms.” The bill is the first in a decade to even reach a vote in the Senate Judiciary committee, which deadlocked 6-6 on SB 120 Monday following a contentious debate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lawmakers engaged in two hours of heated debate, tossing around such phrases as “anatomical male” and “male parts,” which are not in any way mentioned in the bill, which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill has the support of numerous large corporations, which see it as beneficial to Florida’s business climate.