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Senate leader: I want to use the bathroom with Caitlyn Jenner too

Sen. Phil Berger

Sen. Phil Berger

image: Caitlyn Jenner's Twitter account

Image: Caitlyn Jenner’s Twitter account

Apparently worried that he would be left out of news stories covering the new right-wing crusade to target transgender North Carolinians for discrimination, abuse and humiliation, North Carolina state Senate leader Phil Berger (a once fairly reasonable fellow) has come up with his own “me too” plan for making already vulnerable humans feel worse. The following post was added to the Senator’s website this morning:

“After Attorney General Roy Cooper claimed taking action against a radical Charlotte City Council ordinance allowing men to share public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women should not be a priority, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced Tuesday he has appointed a Senate work group to work with the House on legislation to address the problem.

Berger appointed Sen. Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes) as chair of the work group, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (Ex-officio member), Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln), Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), Sen. Buck Newton (R-Wilson), Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett), Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Sen. Norm Sanderson (R-Pamlico) and Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg).

“Attorney General Roy Cooper has admitted state laws trump local ordinances, and he is the one person with the power to stop this nonsense and enforce our state’s criminal laws,” said Berger. “But if he refuses to do his job and protect the safety and privacy of our children, then the Senate stands ready to return to session and resolve this issue quickly.”

“Senate work group,” huh? Berger can call this thing whatever he wants — it obviously has no official role or status — but what it will undoubtedly come to be known as is the Senate Bathroom Committee. What a proud moment for our state!

And see how he slid one of the state’s chief, non-senator anti-gay rights activists, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, in there too? Very clever.

The bottom line, to update what was noted in this space a couple weeks back:

Under the McCrory/Moore/Graham/Berger theory of human gender identity, humans are who they are on the day they are born. Any alteration after that is, apparently, null and void as far as the MMGB team is concerned.

Caitlyn Jenner? Sorry, it’ll always be Bruce to the MMGB boys. Renee Richards? Forever Richard Raskind. Chaz Bono? Forever Chastity.

So, the next time celebrities descend on North Carolina for, I don’t know, a Beyoncé concert, a championship football game, a film shoot in Wilmington or MerleFest in Wilkesboro and for some reason, Caitlyn shows up to check out the scene, let’s hope our male state political leaders finds themselves in the same men’s room line with a glamorous brunette. Maybe then they can explain to her (and the rest of the world) what the heck they’re buddies were trying to prove with their shameless/shameful pandering.

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