So-Called Predators in the Bathroom… Again

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 4.48.56 PMThe transgender “bathroom panic” is making legislative gains across the country, thanks to conservative scare tactics to vilify the transgender community as sexual predators. Recently, an anti-LGBT bill, HB 2, was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly; within hours, it had been signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory. The bill was introduced in response to a bylaw that had been passed in Charlotte allowing transgender individuals to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. HB2 rules against any such bylaws, and also prevents local governments from passing its own nondiscrimination policies, and requires public school students to use restrooms in accordance with their birth sex.

McCrory had warned Charlotte city council members that the state legislature would intervene if the city approved new legal protections for LGBT individuals. In an email, McCrory stated, “This shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy.” Translation: Sexual predators will be given carte blanche if this legislation goes through.

The same fear-mongering rhetoric around “deviant actions” was also found in Texas last November, when that state’s conservative opposition successfully swayed voters against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). Voters overturned an anti-discrimination law intended to protect 15 different classes of people, including LGBT individuals, after right-wing opponents implied that HERO would enable male sexual predators to molest women and girls in bathrooms by allowing “men in drag” to enter those spaces. In a dramatic black-and-white television ad against HERO, a man is seen following a young girl inside a bathroom stall, with the words “REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER” and “ANY MAN ANYTIME” displayed in big, bold lettering.

There’s one gaping hole in this rhetoric, though: There is simply no evidence of transgender violence against women or children in public restrooms. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender Law Center, there have been no reported incidents to merit such legislation. A survey of law enforcement officials, government employees and advocates from 12 states also found that no such incidents have occurred. Rather, the statistics indicate that violence occurs against (and not by) transgender people in restrooms. A 2013 study by The Williams Institute reveals that 68 percent of trans people who were surveyed “experienced some sort of verbal harassment,” 18 percent were denied access to gender-segregated public restrooms and 9 percent “have experienced some sort of physical assault.”

This isn’t the first time that a marginalized group’s quest for civil rights protections has been reframed, baselessly, as a threat to the sanctity and safety of women and children. In lamenting the Confederacy’s defeat in the Civil War, North Carolina A&M President George T. Winston wrote in 1901 that losing the war resulted in dangerous freed slaves running amok. “[The] Southern woman with her helpless children shudders with nameless horror. The Black brute is lurking in the dark, a monstrous beast, crazed with lust.” Black males are further demonized in The Clansman, the 1905 novel that became the basis for the film The Birth of a Nation. It portrays a black villain who raped his former slavemaster’s mistress: “…the black claws of the beast sank into the soft white throat.” Both horror stories attempted to reinforce the racist notion that providing civil liberties to African Americans would result in the inevitable rise of sexual assault against white women. Not only was this myth unsupported by facts, it was further propagated to justify the lynchings of black men.

In time, public restrooms became a battleground in the fight to protect women against the so-called black male predator. As resistance mounted against the Equal Rights Amendment, a Floridian woman in 1973 wrote to her senator, “I do not want to share a public restroom with black or male white hippies,” while a North Carolina legislator was quoted as saying, “I ain’t going to have my wife be in the bathroom with some big, black buck!”

The same emotional, gut appeal to fears of vulnerability in public restrooms has posed a serious hurdle to the transgender movement today. But fortunately, many states are rejecting the myth of the “transgender sexual predator,” and taking a stand for transgender rights. As of December 2015, 14 states had passed laws prohibiting gender-identity and sexual-orientation discrimination in public accommodations. Spokespeople from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Las Vegas Police Department, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Maine Human Rights Commission, for example, have publicly debunked the claim that transgender people are a threat to public safety.

Members of the community have spoken out as well. Transgender people have posted selfies taken in restrooms of their birth-assigned sex to raise awareness and demonstrate the ridiculousness of the new law. The hashtag #WeJustNeedtoPee has gone viral on Twitter and Instagram. Trans individuals are also providing brief anecdotes of why their own safety is at risk by being forced to use restrooms that do not apply to their gender identity. A trans woman artist posted an illustration on Twitter called “The New Choices,” where a transgender girl has to make a decision between getting arrested (in the women’s restroom) and getting “raped/beaten” (in the men’s restroom). One trans-owned company in North Carolina summarized its views in a T-shirt, “Don’t Legislate Hate / I stand against HB 2”.

While several states may be experiencing political pressure to consider discriminatory restroom policies against the transgender community, legislators should remain vigilant in separating fact from fiction. Restrooms have long been a battleground for and against the provision of civil liberties in this country. Over decades, we have seen false assertions that the scapegoat of the day is the new sexual predator. We need to contest these harmful allegations and dump transphobia in the toilet once and for all.

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    1. candice3224 says:

      About a year ago, there was an accident where a transgendered man in the process of becoming a woman was using the women’s changing rooms in Sears. Sears called the Polcie, not because he/she was using the changing rooms (their store policy allows this), but because he/she was molesting women.

      The point is that the transgendered community was out defending the person. That’s how I heard about this issue in the first place. It would be the equivalent of any demographic defending a molestor. Instead of pointing out that most sex abusers are not transgendered people, the community was out defending the actions.

      Yes, it’s fine for transgendered people to use restrooms and changing rooms. But it’s necessary to call out offensive behavior. Patricia Arquette was right when she boldly said that women’s rights should not take a back seat to other civil rights groups.

    2. Melinda says:

      This bathroom issue is really the tip of the iceberg. First off, it is extremely misleading to say that there have been no significant incidents by transwomen in women’s bathrooms. This video shows several examples of men dressed like women to have access to women’s private spaces. Some identify as transgender and some do not, but since gender identity is completely subjective, there is simply no way to know whether a person is “really” transgender. Secondly, limiting the question to “predators in the locker rooms” is an approach that circumvents women’s rights to raise other legitimate privacy concerns. Most males aren’t rapists, but does that mean that women and girls should have to share lockers rooms with them, as is now the law in my sate of Washington? Finally, the slippery slope concern here is valid. Woman still means “adult human female” in most dictionaries. If the word is changed to mean “person who feels like a woman regardless of whether she is male or female” then what happens to the rights of females to organize as a class? I notice that in this very issue, there is a follow-up about girls kidnapped (and often impregnated) by Boko Haram. Were these girls abducted on the basis of their gender-identity? No. It was on the basis of their sex. Sex matters. Women matter. Stop dismissing our concerns.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzwMJAFWLtQ

    3. australopithecene says:

      How is telling women their fear of predators is bigoted and stupid even close to being feminism? Do you really think there’s some line sexual predators won’t cross, some situation they won’t exploit, to find victims? And how is it feminist to tell women they shouldn’t question demands being made of them? Is access to women’s resources not a subject for feminist inquiry anymore? What feminist case has ever been made that men identifying as women should have access to women’s scant resources – apart from “because I say so”? This is transactivism, but it isn’t feminism. The two have competing interests, and I stand with women.

    4. Bettysnark says:

      So Ms. A magazine started as I beleive to advocate for women. Now perpetuates our supposed hysteria wth this misogynist article? Also appropriating the legal precedent “gay panic” which can literally kill LGB’s and equates it with someone relieving themselves? I find this article both homophobic and misogynist and inappropriate. I am highly offended. If you are going to stop advocating for women fine, but don’t stand on our backs while you do. This is a massive fail ms. Just Awful.

    5. Julian Vigo says:

      Who on earth is this writer? Or rather, why has this author been absent from planet earth. I have been writing on this issue for several years and am myself a queer theorist, so no stranger to trans issues. Transgender people have every right to respect, love, employment, housing, healthcare, and so forth as any other human. This is patently obvious. But when females are ridiculed for worrying about their safety, I have to call this out as entirely unfair and misogynist. And Idos seems to fit the bill perfectly in making one straw man after another while conflating racism with bodily protection. Uh, no. @omen who are objects of physical and sexual violence persistently throughout their lives no matter the culture or income bracket know a bit more than Idos on this matter. And it is shocking to me that Ms would run such a bigoted piece against women!! Of course most transwomen would never attack anyone sexually or otherwise. But the same can be said of most men. But males are–and transowmen ARE males–more violent than females. This is just sheer statistics and the basis upon which women in Victorian England had to fight tooth and nail to have separate bathrooms. The notion that women should be able to be private even in the toilet was considered anathema to male culture at the time. And we are again with the same issue today, but instead by males who claim to be women. I am find that people identify as anything they wish, but to render women as racists simply because this writer can neither reason nor write is proof of nothing (other than this writer cannot reason or write). In fact, this person has not done any research in the subject aside from hanging on to one racist woman in Florida. (Whatever.)

      Ms. should be invested in hearing ALL women’s voices on this matter and not making women goose-step to what is a hauntingly familiar tune of agree with us or else you are an [place the epithet of the day here]. Until we live in a world where women are not primarily beaten and raped by men, Ms and this writer will have to do better by these women who are paradoxically absent, time after time, on this very subject matter.

      • candice3224 says:

        Hi Julian, Thank you for mentioning how women in Victorian England had to fight a battle for separate restrooms, and other issues as well. I love remembering the early feminists, including the suffragettes. And I agree that sexual violence affects all women, regardless of their income bracket.

        There was a case where a person in the process of transgendering from male to female used the women’s changing room in Sears. Sears called the Police, not because he was using the changing rooms (Sears allows for this), but because he was molesting women. How did I find out about this? From a gay/lesbian/transgender Web site that was out defending this person! (Instead of just advising that transgender people are not more likely to molest.)

        Sometimes I think the gay/lesbian/transgender rights movement is not interconnected with the women’s movement. When Patricia Arquette said gays/lesbians/transgenders and other minorities should also fight for women’s rights, there was an uproar since straight white women are supposedly not oppressed. When Canada changed its laws to provide refugee status to women and girls in the Caribbean fleeing domestic violence and/or sex abuse and/or gender persecution, the gay community opposed it on grounds that gays/lesbians were also discriminated against. When Canada adopted anti-prostitution laws aimed at assisting women (and men) out of the sex trade AND prosecuting the buyers, the gay community argued that many people “willingly choose” to be prostitutes.

        First we can’t vote for a woman candidate because we will be sexually harassed and labelled “vagina voters.” Now, we can’t report a person molesting us for fear of being anti-something. Yes, it’s fine for transgender people to use women’s restrooms and changing rooms, but it’s not okay for anyone to molest.

      • trans women are NOT males this is ur first misconception

    6. ILLINOISE says:

      Wow, I think people are missing the point. The point is that transgender people don’t just “choose” to be a man or woman based on their mood or flavor-of-the-day – transgender people are a marginalized group, and the HB2 law discriminates against them. I did not read the article as an affront to women/feminism, or dismissive of the concerns of women – my interpretation of the author’s message was instead to illustrate that much of the fear-mongering surrounding the merits of this law are not based on actual data but instead prey upon the fears of women and magnify them to the point of distortion.

    7. @comments above: way to miss the point! As the author clearly lays out in the first three paragraphs of this piece, the issue is the current public conversation on the transgender people access to bathroom – that is, the recent hysteria which reactivates a host of phantasies of sexual deviance and calls for intensification of paternalistic protection of “our” young girls and women. The rest of the article gives you some solid empirical and historical evidence which demonstrates the phantasmic quality of the public conversation, and that is driven by sheer transphobic rhetoric. Your comments would be compelling if you had engaged the argument and showed that you understood the stakes. The piece is pretty straight forward, which is exactly what I appreciate about it. Unlike the comments it makes no attempt at being the next big queer theory intervention. Thanks for publishing this piece, msmaganize.com!

    8. @comments above: way to miss the point! As the author clearly lays out in the first three paragraphs of this piece, the issue is the current public conversation on the transgender peoples’ access to bathroom – that is, the recent hysteria which reactivates a host of phantasies of sexual deviance and calls for intensification of paternalistic protection of “our” young girls and women. The rest of the article gives you some solid empirical and historical evidence which demonstrates the phantasmic quality of the public conversation, and that is driven by sheer transphobic rhetoric. Your comments would be compelling if you had engaged the argument and showed that you understand the stakes. The piece is pretty straight forward, which is exactly what I appreciate about it. Unlike the comments it makes no attempt at being the next big queer theory intervention and engages in no grand standing in feminist discourse. Thanks for publishing this piece, msmaganize.com!

    9. Hannah Kuhns says:

      Thank you Lady for your awesome piece here.

    10. I find the responses to this article shocking and sad. The “videos of men going into restrooms dressed as women” perpetrated by extremist Christian groups because they could not find any actual evidence of such problems. The folks who demand that Ms. only advocate for women-as-they-define-it and call this feminism are sad, out of touch, and a big part of the problem with feminism today (along with the claim that transwomen are not women). I am a cis woman and I am clear that the existence of transwomen does not in any way threaten my womanhood, and advocating for the rights of all women does not in anyway diminish my rights, claiming otherwise does not make you more feminist than I am, nor more female, nor more empowered, it it just shows your sadly misplaced fear. The truth is that the history of gender-specific bathrooms is a history of race-baiting, and of control of women’s movements, and of maintenance of class boundaries. Gender-specific bathrooms were created to protect the purity of (white, middle class) women who were entering the work-force (because women of color and poor white women had already been there), not to deal with the reality of assault against women, or to give women a safe place to pee, but to protect the idea of white womanhood. We would do well to know the reality of this history. Another truth is that women are primarily raped by men, but not by transwomen (who are also primarily raped by men), and to pretend that advocating for the rights of transwomen, and transmen, is somehow anti-woman or promotes sexual assault is baseless, at best. Finally to claim that Ms. speaking out for the rights of transwomen and men somehow silences the voices of ciswomen is just plain ridiculous. This article is not saying ‘don’t speak about your experiences as women’, or ‘don’t speak out about violence against women’, it is saying ‘don’t pretend these bathroom bills are about protecting women’ because (for all the reasons cited in the article, and a few more that there likely was not room for) they aren’t. It seems that the folks who make these claims have to resort to insults as the the writer’s ability to reason and write simply because they can’t back up their wild claims with anything else.

    11. eeeeeee says:

      The stats that the author cites show that transwomen are -not- attacking women in public restrooms; in fact transpeople themselves are subject to physical attack when forced to use a public restroom that does not align with their gender identity. The commenters here exhibit precisely the sort of shameful, fear-mongering, bigoted mentality that led to the passage of HB2 in the first place. Shame on you all for calling yourselves feminists. Real feminisim has the capaciousness, commitment, and courage to accept transwomen and transmen into public life, including, yes public restrooms. Real feminism is breaking down the heteronormative constructs that oppress women, transpeople, sexual minorities, and many men alike–not using those constructs to deny transpeople full recognition of their personhood. To the so-called queer theorist: please, please go (re-?)read some Judith Butler. The slippage between your use of categories “male” and “men” (“males are . . . more violent,” “world where women are not primarily beaten and raped by men”) exhibits that you have not even the most elementary understanding of queer theory. We already live in a world where women are not primarily beaten and raped by transwomen. What we don’t live in is a world where transwomen are not regularly beaten, raped, or assaulted in public restrooms. Thank you to this author for being one of the voices of reason trying to get us there.

    12. The Justice Dep’t today declared in a letter to governor of NC that HB2 is in violation of federal civil rights laws. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/us/north-carolina-transgender-bathroom-bill.html?_r=0 The letter states that equal access to public restrooms is a “significant, basic condition” of employment and that HB2 violates the Title VII rights of public employees who are transgendered. I couldn’t agree more with that letter or with this author’s sentiments. Denying transpeople access to the public restroom that aligns with their identity IS a violation of equal protection under the laws. As the author clearly lays out, there is NO basis in fact for denying them such access. The stats bear out that transpeople themselves pose no danger. Men who are determined to rape or assault women in public restrooms will not be deterred by this law, just as they are not deterred by criminal laws prohibiting rape and assault outright. Misguided fears and false logic should not be used to undermine the fundamental civil rights of people. As the author points out, we would still be living in Jim Crow today if we as a nation caved into similarly unfounded fears in the 1960s. Transphobia does not further the cause of feminism any more than racism does. To transphobic “feminists,” I say: think harder, and do better.

    13. Transactivism is not counter to feminism and trans acceptance is not misogyny. The arguments you all are making against the full public equality of transpeople are ironically akin to the arguments used to oppress women for generations. Stop policing trans bodies and trans choices for the sake of your own comfort and (not even undermined) security. These shockingly ignorant comments demonstrate the intellectual vapidity of gender-normative hetero-normative non-intersectional feminism. [plus, a self-identified queer theorist calling transwomen “males who claim to be women”? Must be the worst queer theorist ever to have walked the planet…yuck.] You all are showing less enlightenment than Donald Trump on this issue (who has said he is fine with Caitlin Jenner using any restroom she wants). It’s a sad day when you need more education, grace, and humanity on an issue than The Donald. If that’s feminism in America today, count me out.

    14. Max Dashu says:

      When are people (feminists, yet!) going to get that the main issue for women is not that trans women are sexual predators, which the vast majority are not, but that the laws are being rewritten in an all-encompassing way that allows male predators into women’s spaces? As if no issue of female safety exists, as if only trans women face an issue of safety. When under these new rules, just by pretending to be women, dressing in female guise, saying they are women, *any* man can gain entry into bathrooms, locker rooms, saunas or whatever, and perv on the women in those spaces. When did feminists forget that straight men like to transgress and violate female boundaries, put cameras under stalls and up women’s skirts? that they do commit rapes in bathrooms? Yet all over the place, we see this reality being denied, by feminists! in the name of defending trans women. Looking fixedly past the reality of male violence, denying that any problem exists in the rush to make new laws: what kind of feminism is this? Safety in bathrooms is a female issue, not just an issue for trans women. (And sex and gender are not the same thing.) So incidents like the guy in Seattle who came into the women’s room and took off his shirt, and when challenged, told the pool officials, “The law has changed, and i have a right to be here.” He didn’t claim to be a woman, nor dress as one, he just wanted to intrude because he could. Male entitlement is bottomless, don’t think this won’t be a problem.

    15. Xavier Morales says:

      As a transman who knows Lady on a personal basis, this article has made me think about my bathroom-related experiences. What comes to mind, first and foremost, is the lack of reflection I’ve done on this issue. It’s probably because I pass as a cis-gendered man and haven’t experienced (thank goodness) real threats to my safety in the men’s room; it’s because I live in a progressive area like the Bay Area, CA.

      I can’t help but think though, the reasons are also deeply connected to patriarchy and structures that go beyond my personal choices around my gender presentation and where I choose to live. I say this because in reflecting on my experiences, I realize that prior to transitioning, my body and how I look was on constant public display for all my family, public bystanders and the media to mystify, glorify, comment on and ridicule. I have Vitiligo, a skin condition that has altered my physical appearance, and before, my family would constantly berate me for not doing more to treat it. Men would tell me to wear more feminine clothing because I have a “nice figure.” But post-transition? Men don’t look at men in the restroom and my family has dropped the Vitiligo comments. My access to public spaces has widened and deepened – I can go places I never could as someone who presented and identified as female, and I can do so freely without public scrutiny. I am only speaking from my experience; there are many transmen who don’t feel the same way and probably because of the reasons I’m outlining here.

      I think the fears in the comments above are valid in that they are rooted in these women’s experiences and what they know to be true. However, I think they are also misdirected. Rather than perpetuating patriarchy where we are, again, judging and attempting to control the behaviors and choices of people who identify as women, have women’s bodies, and whose experiences certainly reflect the subjugation women in this society feel, perhaps we need to take a step back from our fears and give cause to critical curiosity. I’m not an “academic feminist” but I think that’s what feminism is all about – giving cause to critical curiosity about the “not-so-critical” – things men tend to take for granted. Let’s look at the patriarchal structures and gender norms that have made it okay for women to judge other women; for men to judge and hurt women; and for policy makers to take away access to a very basic right – the right to pee without harm and judgement. Cuz that’s all that it is.

    16. I absolutely agree with the other women here. I’m thoroughly disappointed that Ms. has joined in on the “shut up and sit down, ladies” bandwagon.

    17. Sarai G. Zitter says:

      After digging through all the fear (and fear is real, however unfounded) I still find myself at a loss to understand it. Every bathroom I use has private stalls, so that it matters not who is in the neighboring stall. I assume transgender women would not need urinals, so the women’s bathroom poses no problem that I can see. Do I really care who puts on her lipstick at the sink next to mine?
      It seems to me that the ones at risk are the transgender men using the male bathroom. They are the ones most likely to be attacked by these supposed protectors of truth and right!

    18. Alice Kelly says:

      This is sad. the women who have spoken above me are the embodiment of TERF (trans exclusive radical feminists) and misogyny. when confronted with hard facts that trans people are not a danger to women the best arguments art 1. we deserve our spaces. 2.your prejudice against women (despite the writer being a woman) and 3.how can we tell the difference

      the fact is ladies estrogen makes mens penis unable to function ie. if you or someone else was ever raped in a bathroom then it wasn’t a trans woman because trans women are non functional. seriously get over the stories the old men in congress and state legislatures are telling. use your brain.

      I understand that human nature is to fear the unknown. It is also our nature to not be animals to each other and overcome our heredity. don’t fear us embrace us. you’ll find that our highest aspirations are simply to live without violence and have makeovers with our girlfriends

    19. This article in NO way ridicules females for worrying about their safety. It calls out far-righters for using a BOGUS claim to care about the safety of women and girls to harm trans women, and compares this claim to scare tactics previously used to justify discrimination against black Americans. I do not see the slightest misogyny here, and certainly no homophobia.

      Someone who is “no stranger to trans issues” should understand this all too well. This person attacks the author for being unable to reason or write, but seems unable to read with full comprehension.

      The person who objected to the allusion to “gay panic” (the mention of “bathroom panic”) may not realize that trans people are often physically attacked for using the “wrong” restroom.

      For those who are worried that women’s resources will be further invaded by males, there is nothing, law or not, preventing some criminal male from getting into a women’s restroom and assaulting someone. That is a red herring.

      I am astonished and aghast that anyone here is seeing the fight for rights for trans people as in any way attacking the rights of (cis) women. Why do transactivism and feminism have to compete? Haven’t you heard of intersectionality? As a queer person myself I am frankly terrified by the comments above. Please remember that anyone who wants to curtail the rights of some citizens would be perfectly happy to curtail your rights as well– and those same far-righters who despise trans people are working against the rights of women every day too.

      “None of us is free when one of us is chained.”

    20. I agree with the above responses to the article! I am tired of women’s concerns being dismissed especially with this particular transgender issue. Women’s voices are not being heard in the mainstream news media or entertainment media so it is very disconcerting when Ms. joins the crowd and enables this kind of one sided thinking. Men who want to be women or who transition into women through surgery do not have lived experience as women (plus most of them still have that convenient upper body strength that seldom, if ever, gets mentioned when this subject comes up). It is interesting that trans women are seeking protection from men in women’s restrooms but women are expected to just keep quiet about our own vulnerabilities and the reality of being female in a misogynist world.

    21. The issue is safety. Physical, sexual, and emotional.
      The history is, all women have been sexually abused in some fashion, from catcalling to outright violent rape.
      We are not naming who can/will attack us in bathrooms, just that it will happen. And now that a man, who is obviously a man, dressed as a woman (not talking about trans women here, notice) can get in our bathrooms, we are again a little more likely to be victimized.
      Recently, I went to a party at SomArts in San Francisco, a public arts venue. The bathrooms had their signs changed to “Gender Neutral Bathroom” but no other changes had been made. Women, young girls, and men were in there together, men at the urinals, young women, older women, passing by them and washing their hands near them as they urinated. This is the kind of idiocy that the trans activists have brought us to. So, I agree, there is a certain amount of resentment going on, however, in terms of sheer numbers, now, many many more women will be at risk for predation because of the needs of the few. There is bound to be some anger about this.

    22. Natalie says:

      There is a distinct difference between a transvestite (someone who dresses on clothing of the opposite sex) and transgendered. People of ALL races, genders, etc. commit crimes. There is no set guideline to say whether a transgender or a person impersonating a transgender will or will not commit a crime while using the bathroom of the opposite sex to which they were born. The crimes that have been commited up here in Virginia by one man, were done while he was dressed as a woman, in the women’s restroom.
      THIS is the problem! We, the people, are NOT saying that the crimes are going to be committed by the transgendered communitu as a whole. We, the people, are stating these laws leave giant gaping loopholes which will allow sexual predators to prey more easily on unsuspecting children and adults!
      The LGBT communitu always seems to have the ACLU in their pocket, so let them help come up with a plan to protect the general population, while protecting your rights at the same time. They do have lawyers, after all.
      We are merely asking that safety of our children and others be protected while using a public restroom.
      Don’t think that’s too much to ask!

    23. Natalie says:

      http://m.insidenova.com/headlines/police-peeper-dressed-like-a-woman-arrested-at-potomac-mills/article_ed53ae70-8d6c-11e5-94aa-cfd12cd8f99a.html?mode=jqm

      Proof that someone acting as a transvestite to gain access to unsuspecting women and children, for his own perversion.
      Take this issue back to the drawing board, instead of being selfish & thinking about ONLY the LGBT community. What is the going price of children’s purity, protection and emotional well being these days?

    24. Steve Gayes says:

      Deviancy is no stranger to pubic restrooms, truck stops and interstate rest areas. Just so a serve in police records and you will find loads of cases and police stings. I sympathize with the transgender issue, but correcting this minor issue will open a greater door to the true deviancy with now has a green light to proceed.

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