This Bathroom Business
The push for transgender rights is much in the news these days. The guidance issued to schools by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education provoked a flurry of fear-mongering commentary from opposition groups. You’d think the world was coming to an end.
Science has established that gender, sexual preference, and gender identity are three completely different animals. The switches are set one way or the other in the womb. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Sometimes they line up the same way, and sometimes they don’t.
Shortly after North Carolina’s governor signed the transgender bathroom bill into law, I posted a comment on Facebook saying I was unwilling to patronize a state or business that discriminates. I was commenting on the so-called religious freedom laws like the one Georgia’s governor vetoed.
Protecting, and hence, condoning discrimination of any kind goes against every fiber of my being. Turning paying customers away for any reason is bad for business. Just ask professional sports leagues or national corporations. That’s why they lobby so stringently against these discriminatory laws.
The discussion around my Facebook post quickly narrowed to the bathroom issue. Many seemed to think it’s reasonable for parents to fear trans people sharing a bathroom with their child.
Really? What’s to fear? Statistically, the youth minister at your church is a bigger threat. News reports of youth ministers and other trusted adults abusing children are common. I couldn’t find one incidence of a trans person molesting a child.
There was a news article about five men who dressed up as women to access bathrooms for nefarious purposes. Five. Ever. Is that sufficient cause for a bathroom law that discriminates against trans people? Given the number of violent assaults against trans people that occur every year, no, it’s not.
Would the mere sight of an actual trans person somehow cause irreparable harm to a child? Well, with the trans people I’ve met, the child and pretty much everyone else would never suspect — until the trans person is forced to use the bathroom matching the gender on his or her birth certificate.
Dictating which bathroom an individual should use is intrusive in the extreme, unconstitutional, and unenforceable. The backward law calls to mind the 1960s when New York City cross dressers could be arrested if they failed to wear three articles of clothing made for men. Ridiculous.
I get that social conservatives are uncomfortable with the LGBT community. I know what being uncomfortable with popular opinion feels like. Been there, done that. Now it’s your turn.
Freedom of religion is a tricky thing. You have the right to believe whatever you want. As long as your beliefs don’t interfere with my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, we’re cool. Telling me where I can and cannot perform essential body functions crosses a line.
Don’t go throwing Bible verses at me to justify bigotry, either. We’re all God’s children, and the word is love. Using religion to justify bigotry and discrimination is shameful.
Discrimination, for any reason, is wrong. It was wrong in the 1960s and it’s just as wrong today. That’s why I’m boycotting states and business who believe differently.