A new debate has been sparked within the lower house of Italyâ€™s government that no one really saw coming though common sense tells me that they should have. Italyâ€™s lower house is home to the very first transvestite politician in the history of Europe. Vladimir Luxuria was born a man but prefers to wear womenâ€™s clothing but has not undergone the surgical procedure to become a woman. The former drag queen was elected to the lower house back in April and is a strong supporter of gay rights.
The debate that is being brought up however is not over Luxuria being a transvestite, but actually itâ€™s about which bathroom she should use. Luxuria was recently verbally accosted by another member of the house when she entered the womanâ€™s bathroom. Luxuria reported being told “You can’t use this lavatory. This is the women’s bathroom,” by centre-right lawmaker Elisabetta Gardini. In response, Gardini said through one of her spokesmen “I saw him there and I really felt sick,” she has already written a protest letter to parliament officials.
The question has now been raised on what to do about the situation and lawmakers are pushing for a third â€œtransgenderâ€ bathroom to be created just for Luxuria. Unfortunately this is an idea that is being met with some criticism because the construction of a new bathroom for Luxuria would already push the governmentâ€™s already high bathroom budget even higher. Currently the upper house alone has a bathroom budget of 2 million euros ($2.5 million). Other liberal leaning members of the house are saying that to even suggest the idea is discrimination tantamount to racism.