1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Future President,
America is supposed to represent freedom. Our country is supposed to be accepting of diversity, welcoming it with open arms, so you would think that letting a transgender person choosing whichever bathroom they feel represents their gender wouldn’t be an issue, right? Well, people have made it out to be an issue.
Recently, the transgender bathroom policy has been brought up and there have been many differing views on how to deal with the issue. Some feel we should take action immediately. Many have tried to press the importance of this bill. “This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them.” Transgender people are human beings and they deserve to feel safe and to be able to be who they are.
Some feel the policy will come at a greater price than denying transgenders of their rights and that we shouldn’t do anything about it. If you look at the cartoon titled “Trans Bathroom,” by Drew Sheneman, you can see that some people think that this policy would increase the likelihood of sexual harassment because it would open up opportunities to sexual deviants.
But people have already installed a bathroom policy and have succeeded in making it work without any problems. “It’s been over two years since Atherton High School adopted its bathroom policy, and several students at the school have since come out as transgender,” says Yasmeen Quereshi in her podcast. This shows how students were able to come out as transgender after their school established the policy and if this policy was established throughout the country more people would come out as transgender seeing as we would have a more comfortable environment. If a high school can make it work, then our county can make it work.
I feel that if there was an official policy for this issue then more transgender people would feel comfortable with who they are, especially in the younger community, and would be reassured that who they are is nothing to ashamed of. I also feel that it would be the next step to more acceptance towards the transgender community and lgbt+ community overall.
In conclusion, I’ve written this letter to you in hope that you will take action. Give transgender people their rights by establishing this policy and make this country better one step at a time.