Florida passes ‘bathroom bill’ that targets transgender community

The Florida legislature on Wednesday passed a “bathroom bill” that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that don’t align with their sex at birth.

The GOP-controlled Senate voted 26-12 to approve HB 1521 — and the House passed it a short time later in an 80-36 vote.

The measure now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely expected to sign it into law.

Under the bill, known as the “Safety in Private Spaces Act,” people could be slapped with a second-degree misdemeanor if they use public restrooms or changing facilities that do not align with their sex assigned at birth.

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