Seriously, what is it with American legislators’ obsession with toilets and who gets to use them? In recent weeks there has been ever more debates raised about toilet use in America. The latest iteration of this is an attempt by Virginia legislators to require school age children to be subjected to ‘genital checks’ to ensure that they use the ‘correct’ public toilet. This is simply crazy. What possible harm can come from transgender people using a public toilet? The data would suggest that the answer is zero. That transgender people are far more at risk from cis-gender people than vice versa.
I am also unable to see what possible harm can come from a person sitting in a cubicle next to you. If the mere presence of a person with genitals other than yours (whether a transgender person or not) is such a big deal then lawmakers should seek to segregate all schools based on biological sex. This would be an interesting development as it would revive the whole separate but equal debate that has already been won. Maybe such radical measures are required to get people to see sense?
Why does this matter? Well we all deserve to be able to make use of public facilities safely. Also, given the cultural and political sway of the USA, where America leads the rest of the western world tends to follow and if we allow bigotry and prejudice to win in the USA it may win elsewhere too. Let’s hope that this madness comes to an end sooner rather than later and that we can all move on.