GOP lawmakers arrested for sexual misconduct in restrooms: 3
Transgendered people arrested for sexual misconduct in restrooms: 0
14 states – Arizona, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin, have all been introducing legislature either legally defining a person’s gender as determined by anatomy and therefore immutable from birth, punitively declaring that transgendered people must use bathrooms, locker rooms and sleeping quarters marked specifically for the sex they were assigned at birth, or both. Some of the proposed laws offer rewards for people who report transgendered people for violating the aforementioned statutes.
Across the board, GOP lawmakers claim that these measures are being put forth in the interest of public safety, even though this sentiment transparently translates to putting the word out to the general public that transgendered people are dangerous sexual deviants who are predisposed to committing lascivious acts of assault. Clearly, this is untrue, and an article published on RollingStone.com dated March 8, 2016 speculates that these overreaching measures are being introduced due to the Republican party’s desire to retain and gain Congressional seats. After all, 2016 is an election year.
Interestingly enough, recent history has shown that some GOP policymakers were known their own sexual predilections that stand completely at odds with the discriminatory laws they favor, and some have even been arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom.
In 1976, Rep. Jon Hinson, a Republican from Mississippi, was arrested for exposing himself to an undercover policeman at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Though he blamed the incident on alcohol abuse and claimed to have reformed, on February 4, 1981, he was arrested and charged with attempted sodomy after performing oral sex on a black Library of Congress employee in a restroom located inside the U.S. House of Representatives. He resigned his seat that April and shortly afterward received a 30-day suspended sentence, sought counseling, declared himself a homosexual and subsequently retired to a quiet life in the suburbs of Washington D.C. He also became a passionate activist for gay rights, but sadly died of AIDS-related respiratory failure in 1995, aged 53.
More recently, in 2007, Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested for lewd conduct after soliciting an undercover police officer for sex in the men’s room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The ensuing scandal proved fatal to his political career and opted out of the 2008 election, leaving office the following year. In 2015, male prostitution ringleader Henry Vinson, writing in his memoir Confessions of a D.C. Madam: The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail, notes that Senator Craig was a frequent client who spent over $20,000 on sex with gay escorts and preferred them on the macho side.
Also in 2007, Rep. Bob Allen of Florida resigned after being busted because he agreed to pay $20 to perform oral sex on an undercover officer in the men’s room of a public park. Even more embarrassing, he tried to deflect any doubts about his sexual orientation by making racist allegations that black passersby in the park wanted to attack him.
Of course, there have been no reports that male-to-female transgendered women have committed acts of rape against cisgendered women in public bathrooms. This is not surprising, because transgendered people are not criminally insane perverts, but people with a complicated medical condition who are trying to make a tenable life for themselves, which is a desire that deserves respect.
And once again, we see that because homophobic people – particularly bigoted GOP lawmakers – take an active interest in what other consenting adults do with their private parts more so than the most run-of-the mill homosexual (even though it’s none of their f*cking business, to be sure) they are the real perverts.