​This spring, multiple states have pushed measures that would require people to “prove” their gender before using a bathroom. Some of these measures even encourage people to report on each other by offering a cash reward for finding someone in the “wrong” bathroom. These bathroom police efforts are clearly targeted at transgender people, but ultimately open everyone up to harassment, interrogation, and criminalization in public spaces.

Transgender Law Center is keeping an eye on these efforts across the country. Take action by signing our pledge to oppose these efforts if they come to your state, sharing your story on our campaign page after you pledge, and learning more about the status of different bathroom policing legislation and ballot measures across the United States:

TEXAS: Bathroom Bounty Bills

  • Details: HB 1748 would require access to public facilities based on an individual’s chromosomes. Not only would a transgender person be criminalized with a Class A misdemeanor for using a restroom, but the bill would also criminalize a building owner with a felony for allowing a transgender person to use a restroom that doesn’t match their chromosomes. HB 2801 would apply to students and would mandate bathroom use based on “biological” sex and encourage harassment of transgender youth: it incentivizes students to monitor where transgender classmates use the restroom by offering what amounts to a $2,000 bounty.
  • Status:  Pending.
  • Organizations taking action: Equality Texas and Transgender Education Network of Texas

CALIFORNIA: Bathroom Bounty Ballot Initiative

  • Details: A proposed initiative would require people to “prove” their gender before entering a bathroom in a public building – and place a $4000 bounty on those who don’t comply.
  • Status: The initiative’s backers, an anti-LGBT group called Pacific Justice Institute, will have six months from receiving title and summary from the Attorney General to collect signatures to qualify the initiative for the 2016 election.
  • Organizations taking action: A broad coalition of groups, including Transgender Law Center, Equality California, ACLU of California, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Federation

NEVADA

  • defeated stampDetails: Focused on public schools, AB 375 sought to restrict bathroom use by “biological sex,” which they defined as “the condition of being male or female as determined at birth based on physical differences, or if necessary, at the chromosomal level.”
  • Status: Defeated!
  • Organizations taking action: Transgender Allies Group and Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

 

FLORIDA

  • defeated stampDetails: Under HB 583, transgender people would be criminalized and given a misdemeanor of the first degree if they use a restroom inconsistent with their “biological” sex. It compels employers to discriminate against their own employees, invalidates the internal human resource policies of public and private companies, and places undue burden on business by laying the groundwork for costly litigation. It would also give non-transgender people a right to sue if they used a bathroom with a transgender person.
  • Status: Defeated!
  • Organizations taking action: Equality Florida

KENTUCKY

  • defeated stampDetails: SB 76 would mandate bathroom use based on “biological” sex and encourage harassment of transgender students: it incentivizes students to monitor where transgender classmates use the restroom by offering what amounts to a $2,500 bounty.
  • Status: Defeated!
  • Organizations taking action: Fairness Campaign