Keiko K. Nevada

Transgender Bathroom Policies

Should Transgender people be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they identify with or the gender that they were born?

Dear Mr(s). President,

An issue that has become evident recently is Transgender Bathroom Policies. This subject has become a national debate, and a majority of people have an opinion on the matter. Transgender people want to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender that they identify with, but some people believe that this could lead to more sexual assaults.

Transgender individuals feel discriminated against when they are unable to use the bathroom of the gender that the identify with. As is the case with most people, they want to be treated with common courtesy and respect. Being transgender is not a choice, so they would like to use the bathroom that they would be most comfortable with. It isn’t just the Transgender people themselves that are trying to change this law. North Carolina created a law that is discriminatory towards the LGBTQ community, so “The (NBA) has said it will move the All-Star game from Charlotte...if the law is not changed.” This was posted by the Washington Post, and they also said that the “Tourism agencies have said the law has cost the state millions.” Because the law has already cost so much, the loss of the All-Star game will cost it even more. It would be more cost efficient to just allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice. There are many things that the cisgender, or people that identify with the gender that they were born as, masses do not understand about transgender individuals, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be allowed to use the bathroom.

The other side of the issue is that people wouldn’t feel safe with transgender people in the bathroom. This side of the argument is mostly against completely gender neutral bathrooms. They believe it will make it easier for perverts to access the bathroom. Even if it is an accident, there is always the chance that someone's privacy could be violated. Keeping the traditional bathroom divide will make sure that all cisgender people don’t feel uncomfortable. Judge O’Connor, who has been in federal office since 2007, said that states “must give full faith and credit to a decision of the 5th Circuit…” His proposition is that some states can allow for use of bathrooms that corresponds to their gender, but, if this isn’t allowed elsewhere, people must respect the law of the other states. So just say

It honestly shouldn’t matter which bathroom someone uses. As long as they don’t harass people, they should be able to use the bathroom in peace. There will always be people that misuse the law, but that shouldn’t stop law abiding citizens from using the bathroom. To solve this problem, the law should allow for all transgender individuals to use the bathroom that they identify with. Changing the law would help trans people to feel more comfortable and would save many states a substantial amount of money.


Keiko K.

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