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Bathroom bills to be discussed at Third Tuesday Tea on April 19

WKU professor Dr. Patti Minter and Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility staff member Andrew Salman will discuss recent bathroom bills in Houston and North Carolina as part of the ICSR’s Third Tuesday Tea on April 19.

Criminalizing Trans Bodies: Dissecting Contemporary Bathroom Bills will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Downing Student Union, room 2124.

State legislatures across the U.S. are pushing new laws restricting access to bathrooms and other gender-segregated public facilities based on factors such as “biological sex” or the gender designation on birth certificates. North Carolina and Mississippi have recently passed laws citing concerns that cisgender (non-transgender) people will coopt transgender identities to commit acts of sexual violence on unsuspecting (cisgender) women.

During their talk, Dr. Minter and Salman will argue that “Bathroom Bills” are not designed to protect the safety of cisgender people. In fact, these laws are meant to limit transgender people’s safety and access to public accommodations, erasing them from public, social and legal landscapes. Contemporary bathroom bills will be compared to historically discriminatory legislation, such as the Jim Crow laws, in their use of the rhetoric of safety and comfort to exclude and erase marginalized identities. Finally, the historical context will be used to illuminate the end goal of such bills: policing gender and sexuality through a narrow, prescriptive framework that enforces legally mandated hetero- and cis-normativity.

The discussion is a swipeable event for WKU students and is free and open to all. The event is wheelchair accessible. For information or accommodation requests, contact the ICSR at icsr@wku.edu or (270) 745-3218.

Contact: Murphy Burke, (270) 745-3218

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