As Twitchy reported in November, voters turned out in force to crush HERO, or the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Better known locally as the “bathroom ordinance,” the legislation would have allowed transgender people to use public restrooms “consistent with their gender identity.”

Believe it or not, the right to urinate where one chooses is back in the news in 2016, as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City adopts a set of bills that “would reduce the impact of the style of policing known as broken windows that has for two decades guided the Police Department to see minor disorder as a precursor to major crime.”

In other words, minor offenses could be steered toward civil rather than criminal courts. Such minor crimes include marijuana possession, littering, public consumption of alcohol, excessive noise, and yes, public urination.

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The New York Times reported that the bills were a cooperative effort among Mayor de Blasio, the police, and parks and health departments: “Health officials, for example, agreed to repeal a section of the department’s rules that forbids public urination and defines it as a misdemeanor.” Freedom!

Racism? Well, many who were previously arrested for these minor offenses were black. These minor offenses will no longer serve as a pipeline for racist police to send young black men into the criminal justice system.

Twitchy has been reporting quite a bit on Campaign Zero, which #BlackLivesMatter leader DeRay Mckesson has been working on during visits with Valerie Jarrett at the White House. The first of Campaign Zero’s federal solutions is to end broken windows policing and decriminalize activities such as marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, trespassing, loitering, and spitting. However, there’s no mention of public urination — whether to include it in President Obama’s executive actions on criminal justice reform must be under heavy discussion at the White House, where we assume they have and use gender-specific restrooms.