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I have what I would call a “colon-centric” family. Nary a holiday dinner passes without some mention of excretory functions. It’s in this context that my parents enjoy embarrassing the hell out of me by telling a story known in family lore as “The Water Table Incident.” It concerns this author at a very young age choosing to remain at work for several hours on a nursery-school art project at said table despite having crapped his diaper. It was shortly afterward that he became acquainted with toilet training. (They say you “just know” when a kid’s ready.) As it turns out, this is not the issue addressed in filmmaker Tara Mateik’s 2003 film Toilet Training, which examines “the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender-segregated bathrooms.” With an eye toward “equal bathroom access for all,” the film includes discussions of current laws and policies regarding gendered spaces and cites examples of recent policy changes that could affect that goal. The film screens at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5 (proceeds benefit Visions in Feminism). (202) 667-7960. (Chris Hagan)