It wasn’t that long ago that Jim Crow law was in place, implementing segregation between ‘white only’ and ‘black only’ bathrooms. It was (as with the transgender bathroom laws) enforced through fear. White women perpetuated the view that they (and their children) were especially prone to sexual assault at the hands of black men. When demands for racial equality were voiced, segregationists would accuse black men of demanding interracial sexual contact with white women.
This and the fear of ‘catching black women’s venereal diseases’ was a means of keeping the racism and hatred of the black community alive and of course preserving segregation, not only in the form of white only/black only bathrooms, but to this day in segregated neighbourhoods across America.
So, forgive me for not quite being able to separate this piece of history from the current concerns being voiced over trans people using the washroom of their gender identity.
Concerns which sounds more like
“but, but… what should we do with the trans people? They aren’t like us!”
The concern has, by and large, caused the most widespread panic for religious conservatives since Obama (the antichrist) became president.
Do you want to know how many transgender people have assaulted you in a bathroom? Zero.
Statistically, there have been zero transgender people arrested for assaulting someone in a public bathroom, while at least three Republican lawmakers have been arrested for sexual misconduct in a public bathroom (in recent history).
Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig,
Florida state Representative Bob Allen,
Mississipi Congressman Jon Hinson
So, If we’re going to make a law banning transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice based on…zero incidents, then we surely need to make laws banning republican males from bathrooms, no?
Ben Carson: Transgender people ‘Make Everybody Else Uncomfortable’ In Restrooms
“I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights.”
Maybe we should make a separate bathroom for republicans, that way they can pee without making the rest of us uncomfortable.
The largest concern that I have seen strewn across Facebook, is, and I quote ‘that a man will claim he feels transgender that day’ and walk on into the ladies room to assault them. Here’s the thing, if a man enters a woman’s bathroom (which they already do) and proceeds to sexually assault someone (which they already do), I don’t think the authorities are going to take into consideration his claims to being transgender. They’re going to arrest him for sexual assault, just like they do now.
As quoted from this article
‘Gender identity is something that is consistent day-to-day. A man who identifies as a woman only when he wants to engage in voyeurism would not be protected, and indeed, laws that protect against such invasions of privacy — and certainly those that protect against harassment — can be enforced against such a person as much as they ever were.’
In any recorded incident of a man dressing as a woman to gain access to a woman’s washroom, none of them were “pretending to be transgender.” They were pretending to be women. That is not a semantic difference. Educate yourselves. Furthermore, the issue of men dressing as women and assaulting or harassing women in public washrooms, has been an issue since public bathrooms were created. Trans people didn’t all of a sudden spark the idea for the perverts of the world to invade women’s space and privacy.
We love to blame everyone but the actual perpetrators when it comes to sexual abuse and harassment.
Man jumps out of bush and exposes himself to a woman “What were you doing jogging through a park at night?”
Man assaults woman at party with date rape drug “What were you doing alone with a stranger?” “Why were you drinking?”
Man dresses as female and assaults women in public washroom “IT’S BECAUSE OF THE TRANS PEOPLE” not the straight men who are actually assaulting women.
If the issue is really about protection from assault, there would need to be far more steps taken than just banning a minority from using the washroom of the gender they identify with. Based on statistics, every man should have to be escorted to a washroom by authorities. But, we can’t do that can we? We can’t take away every man’s rights because some men are sexual predators. So, why are we punishing the trans community for a crime they in no way are tied to?
The Christian school I had once attended has held meetings and sent out letters of concern discussing their opposition to the legal requirement for each publicly funded school to have a “Gay, Straight Alliance” group to create understanding and solidarity among students. Unfortunately for them, publicly funded schools don’t get to dismiss the laws they don’t like no matter how high of a moral ground they believe they hold.
The meetings and letters have also brought up ‘solutions’ to the transgender bathroom situation.
A suggestion being (in their elementary grades), having trans children walk to the opposite side of the school to use the washroom at the back of the gym, escorted by an adult, away from everyone else.
Away from everyone else. Isn’t that what this is all about?
I’m a little confused what the fear is. That a seven year old will molest another seven year old? Or that your child will have to see a trans child and treat them like everyone else? I’m guessing the latter. So, I think it’s quite clear that it has nothing to do with protection and everything to do with perpetuating an environment of transphobia.
I think it has a lot do with projecting an image of what a Christian school should look like.
Not what it should feel like.
I’m not quite sure what your understanding of unconditional love is, but I don’t think it means loving, accepting and treating someone like they belong until they cross a line that opposes your religious values. You love, accept and treat someone like they belong despite your differences. Always. There is no line. It’s not up to you to shame someone out of their choices no matter how much you disagree with them.
I’m not sure how we can sit here and make these claims against trans people or use the excuse that “It’s not trans people, it’s just that men will pretend to be trans.” and think it’s anything but transphobic.
I certainly understand the desire to protect our children, but this reasoning and these laws don’t stack up to a desire for protection. They look a whole lot like manipulating people into fearing transgender people. They look a whole lot like making trans people so uncomfortable that they give up their desire to feel safe when they use public facilities.
If we’re truly being transparent, what’s really being said is, ‘I need to protect my kids from trans people.’ and ‘I need to protect myself from accepting someone that makes me feel uncomfortable.’.
If, from a religious or moral standpoint, you don’t agree with the choice to transition or you hold the opinion that being Transgender is sinful. Well, religious freedom I guess. But, you cannot deny people basic rights just because you think their sin is worse than yours.
You don’t get to decide who can marry who, what someone can wear, where someone can shop, and certainly not where someone can pee because you don’t like the way they live. Because guess what, greedy, self-righteous, hot-tempered, ungracious people are, from that same biblical perspective, harmful to a community. Why then, aren’t you rallying for greedy people, or hot-tempered people to be denied the right to marry whom they choose? To be excluded from their communities?
Because you would have to answer to those consequences, yes?
I often find that the people who know the least about an issue are the one’s who are its loudest opponents. Before you make your decisions, before you voice them, before you post your offensive comics, or call someone a monster in front of your online crowd of hundreds of people, go out and meet someone who lives it. Meet someone who loves someone who lives it and just listen.
A Canadian study conducted in 2011 by Trans PULSE depicts the suicide risks for transgender youth (aged 16-24). In Ontario alone
70 percent of youth with unsupportive parents had contemplated suicide
57 percent of youth with unsupportive parents had attempted suicide
4 percent of youth with supportive parents had attempted suicide
So go ahead and throw that first stone and you will crush these children, but nothing will disintegrate quite as quickly as the reputation of your institution and the people who run it.
Our religious views cannot dictate human rights.
Shame on us for fighting so hard to make it so.