The “Bathroom” Bill 

I typically don’t post anything related to my political or religious views on here but after Pat McCrory signed the House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act into place to invalidate Charlotte’s new legal protections for LGBT individuals I was tempted. I held off though until I continued to see articles and articles relating to safety and privacy for women. Everyone may not agree with my opinions and reasoning and to be honest, that’s fine. You can have you own and I’m not here to bully anyone into believing anything but to me that bill is ridiculous. For me it’s embarrassing to live in a state that would pass such a law against the LGBT community. McCrory tweeted that Charlotte’s “ordinance defied common sense” but to me I feel like it goes completely with common sense. There are a lot of things I don’t agree with on that bill but the main issue I continuously see popping up on my news feed is surrounding the bathrooms.

The big issue for most is about privacy, right? The argument is against having transgender females be allowed in the woman’s restroom. Basically if you were born a male but now identify as a female you have to use the male restroom. Same goes for if you were born a female, if you now identity as male you will have to use the female restroom. Most arguments focus on safety and making women feel comfortable in their restroom. Let’s take a second to really dive into that though. If a transgender male came into the women’s restroom while you were using it wouldn’t you feel like a random guy just walked in on you?? If you identify as a male, dress like a male, look like a male, then you should probably use the men’s room, right? You may not even realize a person is a transgender woman so wouldn’t that be less unconformable than sharing a bathroom with someone who clearly looks like a male? (I mean have you even seen those old Maury shows?? Those are proof alone that you cannot always pick a transgender individual out from a group.) For me this seems like common sense but honestly I could care less what restroom anyone uses. I’ve gone into men’s rooms multiple times throughout my life and was never taken advantage of or even sexually harassed. And I’m not just talking about single use bathrooms. Sexual predators and criminals are out there. There is no argument there but they are going to break the law whether or not transgender individuals can use the bathroom of their choice, hello they’re criminals! What makes you think a silly law would keep them from doing anything? Plus if we keep this bill in place can’t you make the argument that it will be easier for a male predator to enter the women’s restroom? I mean how are you supposed to distinguish a transgender male or a born male? Won’t they both look like men? Now with this bill can’t just any old man come waltzing into the bathroom under the pretext that they are actually a transgender male? I feel like this would be much easier for sexual predators to do than dressing up like a woman just to enter the bathroom. 

So for me, arguments in favor of the bill don’t hold much weight. And also on a slightly unrelated note when I was in pre-kindergarten we used a co-ed bathroom with NO STALLS. Literally the entire class would walk into a large bathroom that just had toilets lined up again the wall (nothing dividing them) and we would all go at the same time, boys and girls. (Crazy right??) So if that was acceptable I don’t see how a transgender female using the stall next to you would be an issue. But that’s just my opinion.

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