The National Center for Transgender Equality officially won April’s Fools Day with a joke mocking the absurdity of bathroom bans.
The NTCE Wednesday (1 April) released a press release announcing that it would open a state-of- the-art laboratory in the basement of its Washington DC headquarters to create transgender people who do not need to pee.
The trans advocacy group said the project was funded with a $1,000,000 grant from the Florida State Legislature – a stab at lawmakers who recently introduced a bill to ban transgender people from using bathrooms that match their gender identy.
Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nevada have all since introduced similar bills.
‘This partnership with the Florida legislature just makes sense. Trans people are always being harassed or attacked in bathrooms. Honestly, most of us don’t feel safe. And now with state lawmakers attacking us legislatively, we thought we’d try to solve this bathroom problem once and for all,’ said NCTE’s Mara Keisling.
The NCTE quoted Steve Crisafulli, Speaker of the Florida State House of Representatives, as saying, ‘It’s a win-win. And since we don’t really "do" science here in Florida, why not hire the transgenders themselves to do it.’
‘They’re pee-ple too!’ he joked.
‘This project may not help existing trans people, but maybe the next generation of us won’t need to fear people who won’t mind their own business in the bathroom,’ Keisling said.