Should People That Are Transgendered Be Able to Use Any Bathroom of Their Choice?
When it comes to equal rights for everyone, there seems to always be a debate. For years black people have protested because of the racism and discrimination they have faced. Things started to improve, but racism is still very much alive. Then gay men and women began protesting for equal rights and same-sex marriage. Their dreams finally came true when they were granted the rights to marry. Now the transgendered community wants the rights to use any bathroom of their choice.
What is Transgendered & the Backlash?
Transgendered is defined as someone with a gender identity that is different from the gender they are born with. There are some people that despite being born male feel that they were born in the wrong body. Over 700,000 people in the U.S. identify as transgendered. Some only take on the exterior aesthetics while others go under the knife and get gender reassignment surgery.In 1965 the country’s first gender identity clinic opened at Johns Hopkins University. The first reassignment surgery was completed in the U.S. There’s no average price when it comes to reassignment surgery. It is estimated to cost between $5,000-$100,000 making it unaffordable for many. Only 207 out of 636 companies offer healthcare to transgendered workers which makes it even harder for them to afford things.Despite celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox paving the way for transgendered rights, there is still much backlash. Many people especially those who are religious feel being transgendered is not holy. They feel like it is an abomination to God to change the gender you were born with. Others feel like people who have these feelings are unwarranted because it goes against what is natural. Anti-gay protestors believe that there’s no way that someone can change his or her gender no matter what surgery is done. The President has made it known that he does not support the LGBT community. He has made it clear that he will not pass any laws assisting with their rights.
Transgendered Rights to Use Any Bathroom
There has never been a better time for the LGBT community when it comes to their rights. There are still many other rights they are fighting for. The main one is should transgendered people be able to use the bathroom of their choosing? They first requested that students in school be able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. This has been a big debate because many argue that this will increase the risk of sexual crimes. Those in favor feel that there’s no evidence of this resulting in sexual offenses. They also view it as a civil right instead of conformity.
The Solution to The Problem
To satisfy people on both sides of the spectrum, I believe it is best to have gender-neutral bathrooms. That way it does not depend on whether the bathroom is labeled men or women. It also provides awareness to people using the bathroom. For example, one day my aunt and I were using the bathroom, and she saw a male come into the women’s stall. It freaked her and I both out because we are used to seeing only women in the restrooms we use. Having gender-neutral bathrooms would eliminate this unawareness of which sex is allowed to use which bathroom. America has been heading in the right direction by giving equal rights to everyone; please continue on this path.