March 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Ariz. lawmaker introduces anti-trans bill
John Kavanagh, Arizona, gay news, Washington Blade

Arizona legislator John Kavanagh (Photo courtesy Arizona Legislature)

PHOENIX — After failing to gain support for a bill that would make it a crime for some transgender Arizonans to use the bathroom, an Arizona lawmaker is now attempting to make it illegal to punish businesses that discriminate.

Republican John Kavanagh has updated his proposed language, prior to its committee hearing this week, to protect businesses and facilities that choose to bar trans visitors from using the restroom corresponding to their gender. The bill initially called for making the act of using a bathroom opposite from one designated for a person’s birth gender a class one misdemeanor.

According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Kavanagh’s efforts to target transgender Arizonans follows passage of a local ordinance in Phoenix that prohibits public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity.


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