INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana state senator has proposed a bill making it a crime for transgendered people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not conform with their genders at birth.
The measure by Wadesville Republican Jim Tomes would make it a misdemeanor crime, carrying a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Tomes says he doesn’t want to single out transgendered people but worries the privacy of women and children in bathrooms is at risk as society become more accepting.
Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights say Tomes explanation is absurd because the bill specifically singles out transgendered people for ridicule.
Tomes disputed the characterization but said people are “entitled” to their opinions.