Transgender Bathroom Debate
A lot has been going in the United States lately regarding the LGBT community. The two most notable things right now are the Transgender Bathroom Bill, and the recent tragedy in Florida, in which 49 people were killed at a night club by another radicalized Islamic terrorist. I bring this up, because the club was a gay club, and it turns out that the shooter himself was a regular at the club. So there’s a lot of new coverage on anything that is LGBT related. While some might think that’s a good thing, I personally have seen the ugly side of all this. People using these situation to push their own political agendas. They want to grab onto the coattails of whatever is hot at the moment.
I really think that is what’s going on right now with this whole transgender bathroom deal. I know the discussion has been around for a while, but it really has picked up a great deal of momentum lately. I am not saying that all people are taking advantage of tragedy to push a bill. I’m just saying that in light of recent events, we are probably going to see more LGBT victories in this country rather than less.
If you’re not too informed about what’s going on, let me fill you in. A bathroom bill is the common name for either legislation or a statute that seeks to regulate access to public facilities–particularly restrooms–on the part of transgender individuals on the basis of either their gender identity or the sex they were assigned at birth. In 2013, the very first bathroom bill was introduced in Arizona. Though, it ended up not being passed. Since then, there have been numerous attempts to pass the bill in other states.
On March 23, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, a bathroom bill that applies to students at North Carolina state schools, into law. The bill also overturns an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance that had been passed by Charlotte, North Carolina, prevents local governments in the state from enacting similar ordinances, and prevents cities from raising their minimum wages higher than that of the state.
So the Argument, to many, is one of civil rights. Just like when African American people demanded freedom, and eventually their right as citizens of this nation. I mean all of their rights. For a while, they were treated like half citizens. To a great deal of other people, it’s a matter of personal security. The loudest voices have been from conservatives who have families. The fear is that if a man who feels like a woman can go into the ladies room when kids are in there, there is bound to be danger. Which is an incredibly valid argument. To these parents, it’s not about restricting the right of the LGBT community. It’s about ensuring the safety of their loved ones.
Progressives feel that Conservatives are stubborn, bumbling idiots, who want to stay in their caves, and never further mankind. While Conservatives feel that Progressives are like the village whore. Saying yes to anything all the time. While I don’t know if I would go as far as calling progressives the village whore. I personally lean more towards the conservative argument on the matter.
My 2 Cents
Before I address the Bathroom bill, I want to address the whole transgender deal and this so called “Civil Rights” Issue. I personally don’t see the validity in the transgender argument. A man feels like he is a woman, and eventually goes through a procedure to make himself a “woman” of sorts. Enough people do this, and we as American automatically must accept it. If you don’t, then you are prejudice and a hypocrite, and a hater of freedom? What heck happened to this country? What’s next? A man feeling like he is really a dog? Are we are going to create a procedure to accommodate some weird disposition? Then are we going to make it legal for animals to use the same restrooms we use? Or people who identify as animals to take a trip to the groomer? How far are we willing to let this madness go?
In terms of this Bill, I think it’s sort of nonsensical. The state should be creating an initiative to create a third neutral bathroom, If they want a bathroom like that so bad. Instead of imposing this Bill on good people. I hear what people who are for this are saying. They say that not all Transgender people are going to hurt others in the bathroom. I completely understand that. Not everyone is a sexual predator. The fact remains, there still will be incidents where people are abused because of this law.
I don’t mean to come off as hateful. I don’t hate people from the LGBT community. I just personally believe that their agendas are sometimes just too much for me to handle. I was born and raised in America. Brought up on the values that founded this country in the first place. I have lived and seen the slow degradation of those values over the years, and it breaks my heart that this sort of stuff is happening today. Hopefully, these issues will be settled, and peace will resume. Then again, has there ever really been any peace? I feel like there is always something going on. Some sort of struggle happening in the world. Anyways, thanks again for reading my posts. It means the world to me. See you next time!