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A proposed bill would prevent transgender Floridians from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify gets a second committee vote today.

That means if a man who identifies as a woman uses the ladies room, she could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Proponents say the single-sex bathroom bill is needed to protect citizens from sex crimes. Equality Florida is planning protests of the bill.

Transgender man Eli Mender created a change.org petition with 4,600 signatures.

Same Sex Bathroom Bill Draws Ire

Mar 11, 2015
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Opponents of a bill restricting public bathroom use based on a person’s born gender criticized the plan in Orlando Tuesday.

The Single Sex Public Facilities Bill cleared a house committee last week, and could be heard by another committee as early as next week. It would impose fines and possible jail time for transgender Floridians using the bathroom of the sex they identify with. For example, a transgender man who identifies as a woman could not use the women’s restroom.