Separate but equal is inherently unequal. Transgender laws are progressing but not far enough. Public bathrooms and transgender people is an issue that is currently in the spotlight. Should they be allowed to use the washroom of the sex they have transitioned to? The arguments that are brought up against transgender rights in this situation are often silly and irrational. Some who has transitioned to the opposite sex is just as much of that sex as anyone else, and therefore should have the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with that sex.
The main reason against the matter is: sexual predators could abuse the law. As if sexual predators follow laws in the first place. If a sexual predator was looking for a prey I highly doubt (though what do I know) that they would go through the effort of presenting themselves as the opposite sex to find a victim. They just wouldn’t do that; they would waltz right in and commit the crime. Another argument that was brought up many times while doing my research was that it isn’t an issue of rights, more just fighting for special privileges that aren’t deserved, as if wanting to pee in the bathroom that corresponds with the gender you refer to yourself as is a special privilege. Everyone else gets to use the bathroom they prefer, so why not transgender people?
In an online debate 55 percent of people said that even if the person identifies as a certain gender they should have to use the washroom that matches their genitalia. One in four transgender people have been assaulted or harassed in a bathroom in the past year because of being forced to use a bathroom that doesn’t correspond with their new sex, according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Eight percent of transgender people in that survey reported experiencing a urinary tract infection or other kidney-related health issue in the last year due to avoiding public bathroom use.
A friend of mine agreed with the majority in the debate because she “doesn’t want to see other people’s junk” which isn’t logical because if a transgender female went into the ladies washroom there are only stalls for them to use and if a transgender male was to use a men’s washroom they would be incapable of using a urinal and would therefor use a stall as well. Everyone is in a stall, there’s no seeing of other people’s junk.
Transgender people aren’t looking for special treatment, you’re just looking to be yourself and to be treated accordingly. Transitioning is a very hard process, everyone is questioning you, doctors, family, friends, and they’re all trying to convince you that this is just a phase. Being able to use a bathroom that corresponds with you identity is an amazing step forward in everyone’s transition and should be allowed.
If a transmale had been on hormone replacement for months, would you still expect them to use the ladies room even if they appear to be male? You wouldn’t, you would think they were just any other guy and they would most likely be screamed at if seen walking into the ladies room.
There is a bit of a compromise that people have come up with: unisex bathrooms. But this is just one more way to try and hide transgender people. I really can’t come up with one logical reason as to why transgender people can’t use the bathroom of their gender identity, maybe I’m a little bias being transgender myself but I do pride myself with being able to see most situations from both sides. But as a transgender male I shouldn’t be corralled into neutral gender bathrooms, I am not a neutral gender, I am a male.