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Trans man takes on selfie campaign to fight ‘ridiculous’ bathroom bans

Trans man takes on selfie campaign to fight ‘ridiculous’ bathroom bans

A transgender man has taken on the bathroom selfie campaign to protest against US laws that want him to use the women’s toilets.

Michael Hughes, from Minnesota, was inspired by several trans women who posted pictures of themselves next to urinals.

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup.

He says: ‘Do I look like I belong in a women’s bathroom? Republicans are trying to get legislation passed that would put me there, based on my gender at birth.

‘Trans people aren’t going into the bathroom to spy on you, or otherwise cause you harm.’

In the US and Canada, there are several right-wing politicians that want to make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms and would make it illegal for trans men to use male bathrooms.

It started with 23-year-old Canadian Brae Carnes who posted photos of herself in order to fight discrimination.

‘As a trans woman I’m not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What’s going to happen if I’m forced into a men’s changeroom?,’ she wrote on Facebook.

The Victoria resident said it is uncomfortable for everyone when she enters a men’s bathroom, and she looks completely out of place applying lipstick and posing for mirror selfies while men urinate in the background.

‘I’m giving them what they want,’ she told the Times Colonist.

‘I’m actively showing them what it would look like if that became law and how completely ridiculous it is. It’s just not right.’