‘Bathroom Bill’ is a common term referring to the rights, or lack thereof, of transgender people to use public restrooms or facilities because of how they identify.
Over the past few years, dozens of stories have surfaced from transgender individuals saying that they were denied access to bathrooms in schools and businesses because they identify as a gender different from what they were born as.
The fact that politicians, school faculty and business owners are scrambling to keep transgender individuals out of bathrooms is ridiculous. No one should have to desperately hold the in their bladder because they’re worried about a confrontation.
In an article written on March 7th, 2017 titled “Texas Republicans Take First Step Toward Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill,” Huffington Post reporter Roque Planas explains how Texans are trying to force transgender individuals to use bathrooms which are connected to their birth certificate, even if they have undergone the hormonal or surgical procedures to appear as the gender they identify as.
This means that a person who was born male, but has since fully transitioned to identify as female would be required to use the men’s bathroom at gyms, schools, restaurants, bars, everywhere.
Not only is this humiliating, since they will be effectively outed for being transgender in public spheres, but it opens transgender individuals up for harassment and assault.
Supporters of the Texas bill said that they would feel uncomfortable if they had to use the bathroom with transgender people, to that I say:
This isn’t just a matter of comfort to transgender individuals, this could quite seriously be a matter of life and death to some, especially in a state so conservative and anti anything that is not a straight, white male.
Really though, I’m not surprised this is coming from Texas. I once took a course on women’s history, and a big chunk of that class was about modern day women’s and LGBT issues. One of the most comical of these issues was centered around another piece of Texas legislation.
According to a law, undoubtedly passed by several decrepit old white men, in Texas you cannot go into a sex shop, where one would buy sex toys or lingerie, and ask to buy a dildo. The store attendants will inform you they did not sell dildos, they sell “sexual education demonstration models,” which are the same exact thing, but Texas law requires them to be labeled as “demonstration models” for their sale to be legal.
Obviously Texas legislatures cannot stand to see things used, in such cases as bathrooms and “sexual education demonstration models,” in any other way as they want them used. Which to me is extremely ironic, since conservatives have always wanted government to be limited enough to stay out of their business.
At this point though, I’m sure transgender individuals just want the government to stay out of where they do their business.