Bathroom police: Religious group seeks to fine trans people $4,000 for using ‘wrong’ facility in California

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An initiative proposed by a religious conservative group Friday in California would ban transgender people from using single-sex facilities in government buildings that correspond with their gender identity, Buzzfeed News reports.

The proposed law requires people to use facilities such as restrooms, showers, dressing rooms, and locker rooms in all government buildings “in accordance with their biological sex,” effectively banning transgender people to use these facilities that correspond to their gender. A “violation” could result in a penalty of at least $4,000.

Although the ban only applies to facilities in government buildings, including public schools and universities, the proposed law would protect private businesses from litigations if they enforce similar bans. The initiative, titled “Personal Privacy Protection Act,” claims that the ban is proposed to “preserve fundamental interests in privacy,” and “maintain public safety.”

However, Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden calls it a “backlash against recent and significant gains by the LGBT-rights movement.” There has been pushback from LGBT rights advocates. ACLU’s Kris Hayashi calls it “bathroom police.”