It had to happen sooner or later. In an attempt to enforce their new draconian law, North Carolina has begun to deploy the first Gender Verification Officers (GVO) to public restrooms.
House Bill 2 or the ‘Bathroom Bill’ as it’s come to be known, prohibits transgender people from using the public restroom of the gender with which they identify. This creates a rather interesting problem for lawmakers. How do you know who is who?
North Carolina’s remedy is to have up to 10,000 Gender Verification Officers stationed at public restrooms throughout the state. Need to use the restroom at a park, library, courthouse, performing arts center, school or University; you’ll first have to flash your junk at an officer paid with your tax dollars to prove you are the gender you appear to be.
While creating 10,000 new jobs the salaries alone will likely bankrupt the state. Not to mention, there is no money left over for any kind of privacy screens. Meaning, adults and children will be forced to drop their pants for all to see; no matter what the setting.
All this to combat what Republican lawmakers and fear-mongers say are men dressing as women to sneak into bathrooms and assault women and girls. There’s just one problem with this logic. Multiple reports indicate that no transgender individual has ever been arrested for sexual misconduct in a public bathroom, while at least three Republican lawmakers have been arrested for sexual misconduct in a public restroom.
John Hinson, former Mississippi Congressman, was arrested for receiving oral sex from a staffer in the House of Representatives’ bathroom in 1981. Larry Craig, senator from Idaho, was found soliciting sex from an undercover cop in an airport bathroom in 2007, as was Florida state representative Bob Allen in the same year.
It’s seems the wisest course of action for North Carolina and the other states that are contemplating similar bills is to ban all Republican politicians from using public restrooms. After all, we have to protect the public.