What a spectacularly embarrassing segment for this guy.
I can't tell you how many times my bathroom visits (aka, the highlight of my day) have been ruined by a transgender person. If I see an individual courageously identifying as a gender other than the one they were born with, it makes my shy bladder seem all the more pathetic by comparison.
In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden called transgender rights "the civil rights issue of our time." South Dakota should be aware of just how true that statement truly is and how their proposed bill looks to set us back to times of segregation.
So, Mr. Artiles, perhaps you could tell us how your proposed law will be enforced. Will we have to present our birth certificates to enter public facilities? Will there be security cameras that can see through clothing, like the ones airports have?
For transgender people, accessing the restroom that matches our gender identity too often results in ridicule or violence. Those of us who don't fit narrow gender stereotypes -- including transgender people transitioning from one gender to another -- are most likely to be targeted.
Arizona's proposed bill that would allow businesses to deny restroom entry to anyone suspected of being transgender -- or if they just don't like how masculine or feminine you are -- is another illustration of how important it is for the LGB community to stand with our trans brothers and sisters.