Queerly Beloved // Gem Sheps

This week, Trump did what many LGBTQ+ people have been expecting since the moment he was inaugurated and rescinded the federal protection of trans students with regards to “the bathroom order.”

In May of last year, Obama announced that, under Title IX, transgender students had the right to use whichever bathroom aligned with their gender identity or made them most comfortable.

In terms of national trans protection laws, Obama’s move was groundbreaking. There are nearly no federal trans discrimination laws in place, nor are there many state-level discrimination laws. Nationally, only one state—California—has outlawed the “gay panic defence,” which states that the murder of a transgender person can be excused as a moment of temporary insanity or fear.

While it’s no surprise that Trump’s bigotry is continuing to leak into his lawmaking, there are now thousands of transgender kids who once again have to fear for their lives whenever they have to pee in public.

I’m continually astounded by the fact that it’s not considered a human right to be able to safely take a piss when necessary. Everyone has to do it. It’s not exactly something that can be avoided—at least not for more than an hour or so—and yet, for some unbelievable reason, there are people insisting that we should be moderating where kids go to the bathroom in school because of what’s in their pants.

To be frank, no adult should ever be asking about a minor’s genitals: it is sexual harassment, bar none. It’s unacceptable and illegal. Transgender children—and all other transgender people—should not face an interrogation when they need to use the bathroom.

These kinds of issues don’t arise until gender non-conforming people are involved. “Gender neutral” bathrooms have always existed, but they’ve been called “single stall” or “family” restrooms—only when the topic of gender comes into play do people start crying wolf on sexual assault.

Leave trans kids alone. They have enough problems to handle, such as the fact that they can still legally be killed in 49 states.


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