North Carolina has earned itself a lot of bad publicity by passing a law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.
Businesses are threatening to avoid or leave the state. New York has banned state employees from making nonessential work trips there. The NBA is thinking of moving an upcoming All-Star game out of the state. Even the state’s governor is beginning to back-track.
Nobody, seemingly, likes the law except the people who passed it.
So why’d they do it? Were there swarms of transgender people invading the restrooms at the state Capitol or something and finally some prissy senator got annoyed?
Probably not. I’ll bet those senators and representatives have used a stall or urinal next to transgender people for decades and not realized it because – amazingly enough – they don’t wear nametags saying “I’m transgender, how about you?”
Maybe that’s North Carolina’s next step, though.
I’m sure there was a religious component to their thinking. Although, again, God knows what it could be. I’m not very churchy but I don’t recall one of the Ten Commandments being “Thou shalt use the restroom that corresponds to what it says on your birth certificate.”
I like to think that’s because God had bigger, better things to think about. Although, who knows, maybe it was Commandment No. 11 and Moses dropped the tablet.
I suspect what North Carolina passed is a law in search of a problem. I’ve used public restrooms my whole life and I’ve never noticed a transgender person, and if did I wouldn’t care. I’d assume they were there for the same reason I am, so let’s all just take care of business and get out of there, shall we?
That, in the fact, is one of the implied arguments for the North Carolina law that bugs me the most – the assumption that transgender people are in the bathroom for some reason other than answering nature’s call.
Get over yourself, people. Transgender people are there for the same reason you are, and I presume follow standard etiquette.
I don’t know what that is in the ladies’ room, but in the men’s room it’s customary to follow the same procedure one would follow lining up a putt, which is “Keep your head down, focus on what you’re doing and try to aim straight.”
Honestly, I think we could dispense with all of this bathroom nonsense if we got rid of gender-specific restrooms altogether and just had restrooms – pee one, pee all.
Why not? No one has separate bathrooms at home and we manage to survive.
As a guy, I’d love it because – and I’m just guessing here – that women aren’t nearly the slobs that guys are. The only disadvantage is it’d be more crowded and I might have to wait for a stall since women take forever in the bathroom, for reasons I can’t fathom.
Gender-free restrooms would solve North Carolina’s potty problem, but I doubt they’ll happen. They make too much sense.
Maybe the next best solution would be, like I said earlier, for some folks to realize that transgender people are people, too, and they just wanna go to the bathroom.
Just like you.
Go figure, huh?