How the simple act of peeing became political in the United States

By Hanna Kozlowska
March 25, 2016

This week, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into lawto force the state’s nearly 40,000 transgender people to use restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates, sparking a widespread outcry.

“I’m very concerned for all of the trans people, especially trans kids, in North Carolina who are now going to be worried about being arrested or punished for simply using the restroom that matches the gender they live as every day,” said Mara Keisling, head of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Essentially, this bill would make it illegal to be trans.”

The basic physiological need to use a bathroom is now a political battleground in many US states.

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