LGBTQIA Deserve Respect Like Everyone Else
LGBT is one of the most popular issues at present. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender which is used to refer to anyone who is non- heterosexual. It is now extended to LGBTQIA which means Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual.
Recently there is an issue on the topic of gender-neutral restrooms. Most of the concerns have had to deal with the LGBTQIA community which tries to use the restrooms they identify with, these concerns have mainly focused on transgender, “transgender is a term described to people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate”. Several bills have been filed in some states to prevent transgender people from using restrooms consistent with their gender identity. There are many different ideas to this issue which causes a lot of controversy between the LGBTQIA community and everyday society, which calls for government officials to look into ways to solve the issue. If one wishes to make an educated opinion about this issue one must look at the many different opinions, ideas and sides of the argument being discussed by many.
One factor of this discussion is the comfort and how people will feel about integrating restrooms for them. It has been a major topic since known companies to change their comfort room standards. It is announced that some companies would allow transgender employees and customers to choose the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities. Although many discriminating issues against transgender people create detrimental psychological and social outcomes, much important reason to disallow transgender people from using any restrooms they would like, there is some legal and ethical reason why transgender people should use the restrooms that correspond with their birth sex. Transgender people are no better than anyone else and no more deserving of special rights and privileges. If a transgender person is allowed to use any restroom as it would, it will cause a commotion and mass invasions of the privacy of ordinary people. For example, men would readily walk into the female restroom and cause disturbances or even practice greedy behavior. Secondly, transgender people may be in transition that during the time of transition, the person’s gender will not be immediately perceptible, and the person’s gender identity is too supple to entitle the person to use any restroom other than the one their birth biology dictated. Finally, transgender people create perilous restroom environments. Not only can transgender people endanger others they are also confused and might make the other people in the restroom uncomfortable by being there. The majority of people are not transgender, and there is no reason why the majority of people should be uncomfortable to have room for the minority. Therefore, transgender people should not be able to use whatever restroom they prefer.
The first reason why transgender people should not use whatever restroom they want is lawful. If a restroom is located on private property, the owner of that property has the right to say who can and cannot use the facility. When a restroom is located on public property, the people using it are all well-thought-out equal under the law. The law does not protect transgender people any more than it protects anyone else. Transgender people are subject to the same law as everyone else, and should not be allowed to use whatever restroom they want unless everyone else is afforded for the same right. Few people would want men to use the women’s restroom. Therefore, transgender people should not be allowed to use whatever bathroom they want to use. If transgender people used whatever restroom they wanted, then it would create a slippery slope leading to gender-normative people using any restroom they wanted. Gender normative people would often claim that they are transgender and would use whatever restroom they wanted, thus creating unsafe public restrooms. If transgender people do not want to be battered in public restrooms, they need to simply not be transgender. Being a transgender person is a choice, not a right. No one wants to feel like they do not belong or like they are not cared for.
Transgender people are just like everyone else and deserve to be treated equally to gendered people. According to Sam Killerman, being transgendered means living ‘as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex assigned at birth.’ This definition is extremely important because a transgender person is still a person, a human being who needs attention and respect. Gender is seen as a spectrum, and one can fall anywhere on this spectrum. Again, according to Sam Killerman, being transgendered means living ‘as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex assigned at birth.’ Just because a person is born with male genitalia does not mean they have to be male. There are many different Gender identities and gender-neutral restrooms affect more than just Transgender people. People who are not transgender also have trouble when it comes to restrooms. For example, someone who is gender fluid is described to ‘feel like a mix of the two traditional genders but may feel more man some days, and more woman other days.’ (Killerman). It is very difficult for people who do not ‘pass’ as a specific gender to use the restroom in public. This is not an issue only felt by transgendered people. People who don’t identify as the gender they were assigned at birth can face many kinds of inequity and annoyance. There are many discussions about how people reacted to their friends coming out as transgender. Although many of them were very confused about the situation, many still showed negative emotions towards their friends. I know how painful it is to be barred from using the restroom of the gender identity with, the physical and verbal abuse, as well as the outright denial of gender identity, were a clear violation of humanity. Our country has an overwhelming number of transgender women. Hence, it is not uncommon to see trans women in public restrooms for women. Trans women are women. They are not men who want access to women’s public toilets to sexually assault women. They do not need the excuse of pretending to be women because that will only degrade their machismo. Moreover, it is interesting to note that most cases of sexual assault happen in private instead of public spaces.
Sizing it up, it seems a bit of a stretch to think that trans women should be banned from using women’s restrooms because they are men who would go as far as wearing dresses, high heels, and makeup only to sexually assault women. I do not know about you, but it sounds petty and illogical. For now no restroom for LGBTQIA they need a restroom that they marked to their birth certificate to comfortable to the person that using the restroom. If the owner of a company or the Mayor has released the restroom for LGBTQIA then they will have a comfortable restroom now. LGBTQIA members are not different from us because there is also a human being that needs acceptance. We should respect LGBTQIA but they should also respect others. The golden rule “don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you”.
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