A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how ‘ridiculous’ bathroom bans are.
Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men’s toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms.
‘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.’
In 2013, the House of Commons passed a bill to add gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The Conservative-led Senate finally approved the measure last month but not before introducing an amendment exempting ‘sex-specific’ facilities such as public washrooms, effectively killing the bill.
Sen Don Plett said that letting transgender women use female bathrooms ‘allows for pedophiles to take advantage of legislation that we have in place.’
Carnes said the amendment would likely die with the bill but the fight was not over as several US states were discussing similar bans.
‘It’s absolutely disgusting. Almost seems like a planned attack against trans people,’ she said.
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