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Transgender MP in toilet fracas

An Italian opposition MP and former showgirl has expressed outrage after meeting a transgender colleague in the parliament's ladies' toilets.

Elisabetta Gardini, spokeswoman for former PM Silvio Berlusconi's party, said she felt ill after the encounter during a break in Friday's session.

The incident led to heated debate about which toilet the transgender MP, known as Vladimir Luxuria, could use.

Ms Luxuria says she has been using ladies' toilets for years.

Using the men's would have created even bigger problems, she said.

The matter has now been passed to parliamentary procedural officials to resolve.

'Sexual violence'

Ms Gardini said she had been horrified to find Ms Luxuria in the toilets.


"It never entered my mind that I'd find him in there", she said. "It felt like sexual violence - I really felt ill."

Centre-right MPs backed her call for the creation of a third "transgender" toilet, Reuters news agency said.

But ruling coalition deputies accused Ms Gardini of discrimination tantamount to racism.

Ms Luxuria said she had not expected such aggression in the parliament.

Born Wladimiro Guadagno, Ms Luxuria wears women's clothes but has not had sex-change surgery.

A 40-year-old former drag queen and prominent gay rights activist, she was elected MP for the Communist Refoundation, a member of Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition, in April.

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You have to really want to visit ladies' rest rooms to dress up like that.

Still, shehe looks better than most of the women I know.

Ultimately, how many different categories of public toilets are we going to come up with? Once someone feels offended, we need another category?

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You have to really want to visit ladies' rest rooms to dress up like that.

Still, shehe looks better than most of the women I know.

Ultimately, how many different categories of public toilets are we going to come up with? Once someone feels offended, we need another category?
It's damned confusing. There are still folks in my part of the country who wonder why it is no longer okay to beat-up homosexuals for fun. I have a feeling it will be a few more years before bathroom sorting and naming is a problem.

On a lighter note, the island of sanity in my area is changing from being a chocolate city to being an hispanic and 'rainbow' city. There is also the odd cannibal and a few mass-murdering drug dealers squabbling over the much-condensed drug trade (most of the druggies moved to Houston and 'lanta). Interesting sociology going on in NOLA, that's for sure.

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