Transgender Bathroom Debate: Solutions That Ensure Fairness For All

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 How do you feel about transgender bathroom policy?

 Should transgender people (or people who claim to be transgender) be able to choose a bathroom of their choice ?

Does your opinion change when you compare a school scenario to a context in  the public, professional and higher education sector? 

Check out my video response below:

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US President Donald Trump and his administration recently changed school transgender bathroom protections. This protection allowed transgender students to use the bathroom of their “chosen gender identity”.  The transgender bathroom debate is back in full force.

I have no problem using gender neutral bathrooms or change rooms. On occasion I have used them at day spas or night clubs/bars and had no issue.

It seems that many educational  institutions and work places are heading in a gender neutral bathroom direction. I’m fine with that direction. Though I understand that not everyone will be. I’m sure that a certain proportion of women will take issue with it and that’s their right to.

I’m a supporter of transgender rights. Gender dysphoria is legitimate and not a mental disorder. Occasionally, biology gets it wrong and puts the wrong being in the wrong body. A person can choose a gender identity but they cannot choose their sex.

You are born with a sex  that cannot be altered. You can alter your exterior to suit your interiors. Every authentic transgender person I’ve known has always stated that they never chose their sex. They always were a particular sex in the wrong body.

There are also people who falsely identify or claim to be transgender. Not all cases are authentic. Degrees of confusion are inevitable. For example, some people claim the title but change their minds down the track.

There are very effeminate gay men who dislike being in the body that they are in and believe that life would be easier as a female. They actually have no idea what it’s like to be a woman nor are they female by sex. They just want to escape their current state and they often have a very one dimensional and artificial view of what it is to be a woman.

In regards to the transgender bathroom issue in schools I believe in a result that will benefit and accommodate everyone. According to Pew research 51% of US citizens approve of transgender people using the bathroom of their choice.  67% of these people are between the age of 18-29.

Various research has shown that transgender children are often bullied , harassed or subjected to violence when using a bathroom not of their choice. The University of Vermont found that 68% were faced with homophobic slurs. A recorded 9%  faced physical violence.

Children claiming transgender identity should be examined by a doctor for gender dysphoria. The child can use the bathroom of their choice when gender dysphoria is confirmed. Annual staff, parent and student briefings on the transgender bathroom policy should be compulsory. It should also be a chance to educate everyone on tolerance.  New students and parents need to be briefed upon admission.

The school system can be a vacuum state. Things are different when entering zones in the public arena: higher education, work place, and public venues. It’s not always easy to monitor but many businesses and institutions may face the situation where a person tries to use the bathroom of their choice yet does not appear to be that specific gender.

In the public arena I don’t think that a claim of gender/sex or transgender identity is good enough when one doesn’t resemble that claimed element.

Imagine you are the owner of a restaurant and you see a man walking into the female toilets. You stop him and direct him to the men’s toilet. He states ” I identify as a woman” or  “I’m a transgender woman” What would you do in this situation?

If the customer does not physically resemble a woman and does not have ID that proves female gender they should not be permitted to use the female bathroom. The comfort, security, and safety of other patrons needs to be considered.

Anyone can claim a gender identity. The claim in this situation means nothing. The man could be a sexual predator. He could be taking advantage of gender and identity politics. The spoken word is not enough and too risky.

The person may be authentically transgender and in a pre op position but from an outsider’s point of view they still resemble a man. Even a person with the physicality of man that is cross dressing would fall under the above refusal.

A post op transgender person would generally have no issue in this instance. They would often go unnoticed as transgender. If questioned they would have ID that proved their gender.

No doubt the above suggestions will not be good enough for some people. Realities need to take priority, not emotion or hurt feelings. Up until gender neutral bathrooms become the norm, I see no better suggestions other than what I have proposed above.

 

 

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