Equality for all

gayflagRecently, the topic of Transgender people rights to using the restroom has become a huge topic of discussion. We find states agreeing and disagreeing with policies to allow people to use the restroom they identify with.  The issue with going against trans people and allowing them to use the restroom they identify with; is we risk their safety. We must not turn a blind eye, and allow Transgender people to use the restroom they identify with, or we could face far more issues than we realize.

When we look at the issue on Transgender people many people have concerns, especially the LGBT community. If they are forced to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex, and have already transitioned this threatens their safety. Casey Gradischnig has never had a problem using the men’s restroom. He has a bald head and a full grown beards, yet he was born female. HE doesn’t have any physical characteristics of a women. On a trip to Iowa, Casey decided to follow the laws and go into the restroom associated with what was on his birth certificate. This raised eyebrows. The instant he enters in a women’s restroom he is immediately questioned as too why he is in there by an Asian female. He explains his situation, and she precedes to go on with his business. As he is exiting he is approached by a security guard, and he is once again questioned if he knew he was in a women’s restroom. He is faced again with the same issue on presenting his case, and the security guard is understanding however this is not always the case. Many people do not agree with the LGBT community, and countless people have been brutally attacked, and even murdered for living a life they feel is rightful. According to the New York times “Nearly a fifth of the 5,462 so-called single-bias hate crimes reported to the F.B.I. in 2014 were because of the target’s sexual orientation, or, in some cases, their perceived orientation.” Forcing the transgender community into restrooms that are listed on their birth certificates put them at a higher risk, and exposes them to danger and answering questions to avoid an out lash. Another person who undergoes scrutiny for her transition and advocacy is Jazz Jennings. She transitioned as early as five years old and has her own docuseries show about her transition and the support she needed and recivied. She speaks about the bias she receives for playing sports, and the hardships of not being able to participate in some sports because she is still viewed as male. She has since been going through the battles of being forced into restrooms that she does not feel a part of. Sometimes she wishes she can pee in peace, and feels like the bathroom issue goes further than, simply being able to use a restroom and more of a way to help Transgender people lead normal lives and not have to face scrutiny. Although Jazz is a teenage girl, she simply wants to be known as that. She advocates for the Transgender community. She does not consider herself a “Transgender girl” but a “Girl who just happen to be transgender” This is not simple just a gender Identity Disorder that has been created in the back of their minds. Cases such as these are the ones we have to consider. We need to extend courtesies, and privileges to the transgender community.

We see states such as New York, welcoming the Transgender community and removing gender assignments on restrooms, indication that everyone is free to use the restroom they chose. Instead of making things more difficult for those transitioning, or who have transitioned but do not speak about it, they are more compassionate and understanding. States such as North Carolina have made it illegal for men and boys “posing” as women to use women’s facilities. Unfortunately, the reasoning behind this was because a homosexual man had to register as a sex offender, encouraging fear of restrooms become a primary target for sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a major concern, especially for colleges. Arguments have been made that allowing restroom to become gender neutral increases the chances of sexual assault since the restroom will be open to everyone. In an opinion article, a question is raised “As a simple example, ask yourself, if a female student passes out at 3 a.m. in a bathroom stall, would you prefer another female find her, or have it be a coin flip whether the next person coming through that door is a male or female?” however, even another female can pose a threat as well. What if this female was to take unflattering photos and share it on social media and ruin this passed out girls reputation and succumbs her to bullying? We cannot promote equality, and once equality offends others, it becomes an issue. In all reality, Transgender people have been using the restrooms they identify with for a long time, and it was not an issue. Sexual assault is a very serious issue, however 3 out of 4 sexual assaults are committed by someone the person knows. Therefore, we cannot assume that strangers are always the danger. Many argue that those with certain gentiles should use their respective restrooms, however reconstructive surgeries are not easy to pay for, the average reassignment surgery can cost anywhere from 7,00 dollars to 50,000 dollars total and most people do not have that kind of money to change their genitals, or breast, and it is completely illegal to have someone check their private areas to ensure that they are using the correct restroom… this is once again sexual harassment. We cannot segregate Transgender people from using the restroom because that has gone away with a while ago.  Another argument raised by those who do not agree with the Transgender community using the restrooms is the proposal of giving the Transgender community their own bathroom. What people are failing to realize is again this is segregations, and not all Transgender share the same physical compositions, the whole objective it to reflect how they feel on the inside and have that reflect the outside. You would be putting a male and a female in same restrooms who, you are arguing it is not okay to do so to begin with. These arguments are truly a concern.

All in all, we must promote equality. We cannot jeopardize the safety of LGBT attacks out of fear. As a nation we must come together and find a way to accommodate one another and allow ourselves to have compassion for one another.

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