The Alabama city of Oxford will lock trans people up for six months if they pee in the ‘wrong’ public bathroom.
Officials unanimously approved a new ordinance to punish individuals for using bathrooms that do not match their sex they were assigned at birth.
The policy appears to specifically spite Target who said trans people were free to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity and they will be respected in their stores.
The text of the ordinance reads: ‘Citizens have a right to quite [sic] solicitude [sic] and to be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facilities by members of the opposite biological sex.’
It also warns ‘single sex public facilities are places of increased venerability [sic] and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities which may include, but not limited to, voyeurism, exhibitionism, molestation, and assault and battery.’
It is now a criminal offense for trans people to use bathrooms that match their gender identity unless they have undergone surgery and changed the gender marker on their birth certificate.
Each violation will result in a $500 fine or up to six months in jail.
In a statement, Council President Steven Waits said the ordinance passed ‘not out of concerns for the 0.3% of the population who identify as transgender’ but ‘to protect our women and children’.