Over the past few weeks, you have heard us tell you why transgender individuals should be granted the federal right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. Denying transgender people this right contributes to the stigma that says transgender people do not deserve to be treated equally to cisgender Americans.
The transgender bathroom debate has been prominent in the news for the past few years and became an especially hot topic during the 2016 presidential election. When President Donald Trump was elected, he rescinded federal regulations that former President Barack Obama put in place to give transgender students equal bathroom rights. Supporters of Trump’s decision have argued that trans individuals threaten the privacy of people using the bathroom, that trans people are secretly predators who will harass others in public bathrooms, and that allowing trans people to use the bathrooms of their choice would be granting them “extra rights.” However, these criticisms are unsubstantiated. Transgender people do not want equal rights in order to impose upon others’ bathroom experiences or to harass them; they simply want to use a bathroom in which they feel comfortable. Additionally, granting transgender people the same rights as other Americans allows them equal rights, not extra ones. Transgender people do not wish to earn rights that other people do not have.
Granting trans individuals federal bathroom rights would greatly benefit the transgender community. Firstly, as gender anxiety has continued to lessen in America and people have grown more accepting of LGBT individuals, federal rights for trans people will destroy the final separation between male and female in everyday society: public restrooms. This will allow transgender people a place to use the bathroom comfortably, as well as contribute to a positive environment of acceptance and tolerance for the LGBT community in the United States. Additionally, transgender bathroom rights will greatly benefit the health of trans individuals. As of now, many transgender people avoid using the bathroom in public since they cannot do so comfortably; this can lead to health issues such as UTIs along with mental health struggles. Finally, transgender bathroom rights will help trans teens feel comfortable in their school environment, which is difficult enough to navigate already.
As this is our last blog post, we would like to thank our amazing readers who have been following our posts along the way! Keep fighting the stigma against transgender individuals in America. Here are some resources to help you stay up-to-date with issues the transgender community:
Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org
American Civil Liberties Union: http://www.aclu.org
National Center for Transgender Equality: http://www.transequality.org
Thanks again for keeping up with us!
Jocie, Jacob, John and Carolyn