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D.C. residents may not have equal voting rights, but George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf maintains that the District’s female denizens have the right to “potty parity.” Students in Banzhaf’s Legal Activism course this semester aim to bring relief to women languishing in restroom lines at local theaters and sports venues. Some have volunteered to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit against places with insufficient toilet access; others are filing a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights. Banzhaf won’t disclose their targets, but he argues that under D.C. law, unequal restroom waits constitute sex discrimination. “Waiting for the bathroom means you can’t do other things, such as order a drink or socialize with friends,” Banzhaf says. As a result, women may choose not to drink or “to hold it”a practice which, the professor notes, “is not healthy.” Annys Shin