Watch out, Missourians: Your state is being threatened by people who do not respect the "social norms" of nineteenth-century bathrooms.
Flickr via sylvar. The 1820s are not pleased.
So claims Jeffrey Pogue, a Republican state representative from Salem, who yearns for the halcyon days of the Missouri's infancy, a time when men were men, women were women and transgender individuals weren't clamoring for the right to use facilities that aligned with their gender identity.
"I'm wanting to protect the social norms of our state, the same social norms that have operated in our state since the organization of Missouri in 1820," Pogue told the Columbia Daily Tribune, defending two bills he proposed last month that would prohibit the state from accommodating the needs of its transgender citizens. One bill would mandate that all public bathrooms, unless they are single-occupancy, be divided by gender. The other would make it illegal for state funds to go to "any entity" that tries to implement a "project, program, or policy that creates or attempts to create a gender-neutral environment."
"These Missourian cultural rules, the status quo, are nearly 200 years old, and have operated well throughout our state," Pogue said.More »