When North Carolina passed a law blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination legislation to protect gay and transgender people, it inevitably became known as the “bathroom bill.” Because America.
A month later, people still seem unhappy about the ordinance because it allows trans people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity as opposed to that listed on their birth certificate. The thinking is that the sex on one’s certificate should be set in stone. Lost in this haughty indignation is the fact that everything on that birth certificate can be legally changed with the right form and a filing fee. In Connecticut, all you need is a PC-910 form and signed affidavit from a medical professional that you’ve undergone treatment. Therefore, that logic doesn’t hold water.
Speaking of holding water, some worry the passage of this legislation would allow men to stake out public restrooms and showers, endangering women and children. Beyond the fact that more than 100 cities in 18 states already afford these basic protections without a collapse of civilization as we know it, what about the creepy guys that are already staking out men’s restrooms? The guy from the next urinal who’s showing an unhealthy interest in my exposed plumbing or casually swiping through pictures on his phone while he sits in an open stall?