Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is against gender-neutral bathroms

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer,said that “latte macchiato faction” were responsible for “installing third-gender bathrooms.” Addressing an audience at a televised comedy event on February 28, the political leader claimed that gender-neutral bathroom facilities are for men who struggle to decide whether to sit or stand while peeing. On Twitter, Berlin’s deputy mayor Klaus Lederer of The Left party accused the politcian of being homophobic and denouncing people who don’t fit stereotipycal ideas of masculinity. Free Democrats lawmaker Jens Brandenburg also hit out at these remarks, calling them cheap, attacking and embarracing. The head of the CDU’s own gay and lesbian association, Alexander Vogt, called for an apology as she probably had not thought about the possible impact of her words. Although Merkel has permitted LGBT+ rights reforms during her four terms as Chancellor, Kramp-Karrenbauer has a poor record on the issue and was crowned “Miss Homophobia 2018” by the LGBT+ rights group Enough is Enough. In a statement, the group branded her “the most homophobic public figure in Germany,” noting previous comments comparing same-sex marriage to incest and polygamy.

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