On Monday, Dan Savage, the gay sex writer who once told Bill Maher he wished all Republicans were “f*****g dead,” issued a tweet suggesting that transgendered people should leave jars of urine at the office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
The Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson called it a “brilliantly gross idea” and suggested supporters “start filling up those jars…”
Trans people should start dropping off jars filled with their urine at @PatMcCroryNC's office so his staff can oversee its safe disposal.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) May 9, 2016
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Savage’s tweet came just hours after Governor McCrory announced the state of North Carolina would sue the U.S. Justice Department over House Bill 2, which wassigned into law in March and forces transgender people to use public restrooms that don’t correspond with their gender identity. The Justice Department had given the state until Monday to stop enforcing HB2 or risk a federal lawsuit.
Rather than agree to follow the Justice Department’s order, McCrory and the state’s secretary of public safety instead filed the lawsuit today against the Justice Department for its “radical reinterpretation” of federal civil rights law.
Newsbusters’ Randy Hall observed that it’s not the first time Savage has suggested this.
During mid-February, South Dakota became the first state to pass a law stating “every restroom, locker room and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school that is designated for student use and is accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex.”
In response, Savage tweeted: “Trans people should mail bottles of their urine — no return addresses — to lawmakers in South Dakota for safe disposal.”
Later that month, Texas Representative Debbie Riddle filed a bill in the state House that indicated “anyone over the age of 13 in a public facility of ‘a gender that is not the same gender as the individual’s gender’ should be convicted of a class-A misdemeanor.”
Riddle’s proposed law included exemptions for custodians, those helping children or those responding to a medical emergency.
Nevertheless, Savage still came out swinging: “Maybe trans folks should mail their urine to state reps like Debbie Riddle — you know, so she can dispose of it safely.”
It’s enough to make one wonder what it is with Savage and urine… Or maybe we’d be better off not knowing.
Hall added: “At least we know how Savage will react the next time gays feel downtrodden by the government, but the bad part of this strategy is that sooner or later, they’re going to start running out of bottles. We can only wonder what they’ll do then.”
Now that’s gross…
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