The transgender bathroom debate
Where to go
Most bathrooms today are not accommodating to transgender people, and the laws that go along with “go-ing” aren’t as fair as they are for cisgendered people, or people who are not transgender.
The laws in place under Title IX, say that a person cannot be discriminated because of their gender. Title IX, a law created in 1972, prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program that receives federal funding. Under Title IX, transgender students and staff members should be allowed to go to the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
In this day in age, schools need to become more accommodating to their transgender students and staff. Most places that are federally – this means national - funded are still forcing transgendered students to “go” in the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.
First off, transgender students may be judged when they go to the bathroom, leading to bullying and harassment.
Secondly, the school staff is offered a single stall bathroom, making their time in the bathroom a lot more unintimidating. So why can’t students be offered a different facility so they feel more comfortable?
Most places are changing their policies to be more “transgender friendly”, by creating gender-neutral bathrooms, or allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. In the face of conservative boycott, Target has released their new policy, stating that they were going to install single-stall bathrooms in all of their franchises in an attempt to minimize discrimination for workers and shoppers.
By implementing gender-neutral bathrooms, everyone is able to avoid the controversy, and as for transgender people, they wouldn’t be told where to “go”.
The public eye
The most heated political and social debate of this year takes place in the public restroom. The big question everyone is asking is- should transgender people go to the bathroom they identify with or their biological sex?
According to CNN, Governor Pat McCroy of North Carolina signed a bill in March that aimed to prevent transgender people from using the restroom assigned to the gender with which they identify. With this, North Carolina became the first state to pass a law pertaining to transgender rights.
A possible and straightforward solution is to create single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms.
Implementing these bathrooms would eliminate discrimination towards transgender individuals. Anyone would be able to use the bathrooms regardless of their gender identity.
Many people fear that sexual predators can abuse this rule and go into women’s restrooms to sexually assault someone. By creating gender-neutral bathrooms, women would not have to be reluctant to use public restrooms.
People who would feel uncomfortable sharing a public bathroom with someone who is transgender would not have to worry about the issue. Mothers with young children would not have to be concerned when using the bathroom at a mall or any public place if gender-neutral bathrooms were put into effect.
Implementing gender-neutral restrooms in schools and public places would be an advantage for everyone, even transgender people. Instead of debating whether transgender people should go to the bathrooms they identify with or their biological sex, gender-neutral bathrooms would be a straightforward solution that would apply to the masses.