Siani Justice-Smith

Transgender Bathroom Policy

In my letter to the president I talk about how transgenders cant easily choose a restroom without struggling or being discriminated... I also mention extra facts about transgenders.

Dear Future President,

There are many transgenders nowaday… Imagine if you had a transgender friend, wouldn’t you want them to easily choose a restroom? Transgenders are banned from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificate. The United States feels that letting transgenders use a different bathroom that other citizens will feel unsafe. In Drake’s article he quotes Vanita Gupta saying “It speaks to all of us who have ever been made to feel inferior, like somehow we just don’t belong in our community, like somehow we just don’t fit in. Let me reassure every transgender individual, right here in America, that you belong just as you are.” I personally agree with every word she stated. America should let transgenders have their own restrooms, it’s only fair because no one should be left out of any situation.

There are approximately 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States - millions more around the world. 0.3% of US citizens are transgender. Most are considered crossdressers for wearing the opposite gender clothing. Transgenders are definitely affected and are often discriminated and denied for transitioning their gender. It is important that you as our next president should address this situation so that transgenders get their own restrooms. They shouldn’t have to choose and/or be bullied for using the wrong bathroom.

There have been people who have tried to make this topic a law that supports transgender/unisex bathrooms. The Justice Department denied and abandoned the law on every occasion. I think that all we as Americans & non transgenders should do is just let transgenders live, let them use whatever bathroom matches their body parts. I want you as our next president, who is head of everything to enforce communities to make transgender restrooms, to make it easier for them and for all citizens who feel unsafe using the same bathrooms as them. It would make them feel normal and not left out.


A student at Cristo Rey -- Siani Justice-Smith

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School


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