(WFTS-TV) A state bill that would restrict access to restrooms for people who may not appear to fit the gender of the facility advanced through a house subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.
The bill, written by a south Florida lawmaker, immediately evoked negative feedback from the transgender community that says it could be forced to show identification before entering the restroom.
"Can you imagine what they're asking me to do?" said Esme Russell, a transgender woman in Tampa. "I think this is the last straw. I can't use the bathroom?"
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On Wednesday, a house subcommittee advanced the controversial bill after some emotional testimony. Most of the people spoke out against it.