Bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms
COLUMBIA (AP) - Gender-neutral university housing and many unisex public bathrooms would be banned in Missouri under bills that have been introduced in the Legislature.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Rep. Jeff Pogue submitted the bills last week. The Salem Republican said he wants to "protect the social norms of our state." The legislation comes about one month after the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia announced plans to test out a new 16-bed housing option. MU officials said the goal is to create a safe place for transgender or gender nonconforming students.
Kyle Piccola, a lobbyist for the LGBT advocacy group PROMO, called Pogue's legislation "disheartening." Piccola said the group would monitor the legislation but stressed that bills filed this late in the session "don't typically go anywhere."