Projectors, time to do a post with a twist.
It's now blown up into a kerfluffle that involves local hater Dave Welch and his right wing "Christian" minions, Mayor Annise Parker, a transphobic TV reporter, our local Fox Noise outlet and local LGBT activists.
Hmm, maybe I should be writing this as a Broadway play.... But back to the story.
26 year old Tyjanae Moore had no intention on doing anything but minding her own business as she visited the downtown Houston Public Library branch on November 17. At some point during her visit she had to use the restroom, and that's where the fun starts.
A transphobic female security guard observes her entering the bathroom, and then gets a Houston po-po involved by stating "there's a 'man' in the women's restroom."
Meanwhile Tyjanae is handling her business and as she exits the facility is confronted by the not-so-dynamic duo of the transphobic female guard and the Houston cop. The HPD officer cites a law the GOP controlled Texas Lege passed which makes it unlawful for any person to use a restroom of the opposite sex unless given permission by the building owner before arresting her.
Moore pled guilty to the charge (which she shouldn't have) and was sentenced to the two days in jail she'd already served. She moved to Houston a year ago from Minnesota to be near her family, but after getting harassed for the second time over bathroom issues in the year she's been living in H-town she stated in an interview with Fox 26's Isiah Carey she's moving back to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
However, we have a 1990 case that happened in which a similar ordinance was on the books here in Houston. Cis woman Denise Wells, tired of waiting in the ultra long women's bathroom lines in the Summit during a July 7 George Strait concert bounced into the men's room to pee.
A po-po was in the restroom at the time and Wells was arrested. She sued the city and won. In the process she established a legal precedent that as long as you aren't deliberately causing a disturbance, using the bathroom of the opposite gender is fine.
It also resulted in the Houston City Council passing in 1993 a potty parity ordinance and the Texas legislature passing a similar law that required double the ratio of women's to men's restrooms in new or renovated sporting facilities, convention halls and public venues.
On top of that, we not only have the fact the library building is owned by the City of Houston, we have the March 2010 executive orders (1-8 and 1-20) issued by Mayor Annise Parker that expanded anti-discrimination protections for trans city employees and gives permission for transpeople to use the facilities in all city owned buildings.
The local Reichers, led by conservabigot in chief Dave Welch are already in trans hatemonger mode. They are demanding that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) get involved and issue a legal opinion.
Mayor Parker isn't backing down one millimeter either.
Our local Fox Noise affiliate KRIV-TV is stirring the controversy pot even more with a jacked up poll question.
Q: Would you be bothered by a transgendered person being in a public restroom with you?
No, but I'm bothered by this poll question.
KRIV-TV also tried to set up a debate on the issue between Dave Welch and Transgender Foundation of America executive director Cristan Williams, who pwned him the last time they tangled on Fox 26.
He ran away faster than Usain Bolt from that matchup and eventually ended up facing off against Araguz attorney Darrell Steidley.
We also have transphobic reporting by KTRK-TV's Miya Shay to mix into this drama stew as well in which she misgendered and used Tyjanae's old male name in her ABC13 piece.
Since the Reichers are already pissed off (pardon the pun) about Phyllis Frye's appointment as an associate municipal judge by Mayor Parker, stay tuned to see if they will be causing mischief and mayhem for Texas transkind starting in January 2011.
The Texas TBLG community after those disastrous 2010 midterms is staring at a Lege that has a 99-51 GOP advantage in the House, an 18-12 GOP margin in the Senate and Governor Goodhair, aka Rick Perry sitting in the currently being renovated governor's mansion.
In addition our Lone Star conservahaters are gleefully lining up to file every piece of hate legislation they can dream up or copy from Arizona in addition to chomping at the bit to merrily reapportion state legislative and congressional districts to favor Republicans until 2020.
And the worst part is that we'll have to sweat out a legislative session that we pray only lasts until Memorial Day.
So don't surf from that Bilerico dial. Moni won't be sleeping on this issue, and she'll be bringing you more exciting updates as this case develops.