Gainesville, Florida has a restroom controversy. Last year, the city council voted 4-3 to let the 100 or so transgendered residents of the city attend whichever public bathroom they feel most comfortable.
Bible-quoting opponents plan a March 24 vote to overturn the decision.
“You are trying to operate in a realm you do not have the authority to operate in,” Pastor George Brantley said.
Television ads are popping up with slogans like, “Keep Men out of Women’s Restrooms and vice versa.”
The opponents are calling it a “government gone wild.”
“We know when men go into women’s restrooms, bad things can happen,” Cain Davis said.
Advocates for transgender rights are geared up to keep the ordinance. They claim the opponents are trying to create fear and note that the police have reported no problems since the ordinance went into effect.
Some members of the transgendered community deal with the controversy on a personal level. They just stay away from public restrooms.
“I don’t want to run afoul of the law by using the wrong restroom,” said Clare Holman, born a man but now living as a woman.