On Feb. 4, 1981, Rep. Jon Hinson (R-Miss.) was arrested and charged with sodomy in a public men’s room in the Longworth House Office Building. In 1976, he was charged with committing an obscene act at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Hinson was married.
Rep. Bob Allen (R-Fla.) was convicted of soliciting sex in a park bathroom in 2007. He offered an undercover officer $20 to perform oral sex. Allen maintained his innocence although he was fined $250 and given six months probation. He consistently voted against any LGBT legislation.
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was caught in an airport bathroom soliciting sex in 2007 and was arrested for lewd conduct. Craig was named in a book by Henry Vinson as a frequent customer of his male prostitution ring. His wife stood by his side each time he denied the charges.
And the biggest brain Texas ever sent to Congress, Louie Gohmert, (R-Tyler) said, “in the seventh grade if the law had been that all I had to do was say, ‘I’m a girl,’ and I got to go into the girls’ restroom, I don’t know if I could’ve withstood the temptation just to get educated back in those days.”
Of course, sex in bathrooms aren’t the only things anti-gay Republicans in Congress have been caught doing.
Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Virg.) was caught on tape in 2004 soliciting sex from a male prostitute.
Rep. David Dreier, (R-Calif.) voted against a number of gay rights proposals and then was outed in 2004 for having a relationship with his male chief of staff .
Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned his House seat in 2006 after sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages.
But, of course, it’s bathroom safety we’re concerned with.
So let’s compare this record from Congress with arrests of transgender people in bathrooms. Here’s a complete list of crimes committed by trans folk in public restrooms:
Ummmm …. sorry, I got nothing. Probably because it’s never happened.
So shouldn’t North Carolina and Mississippi change their laws to protect us in bathrooms by banning congressional Republicans from using public restrooms? Or at least insist businesses and public accommodations provide separate facilities for those people?