By now, I'm sure you've heard that the Trump administration has begun to target transgender rights—specifically, policy championed by Obama that would allow trans kids to use school bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities.
Look, there are plenty of reasons why this is wrong—and plenty of people who will eloquently explain that for you. My dear friend Danny McCarthy wrote a brilliant piece for BU's magazine The Buzz, laying bare the truths of why this policy withdrawal is just plain mean. Here's another wonderful, straightforward piece by Ria Mar for The New York Times. You should definitely listen to prominent trans activists, like Laverne Cox, who tends to do a marvelously graceful job of explaining basic civil rights.
What I would like to focus on, however, is this claim that anti-trans bathroom laws (such as HB2 in North Carolina) are designed to protect women and girls. I would like to address Republicans and defenders of the GOP agenda who have the audacity to claim that they are suddenly concerned for my safety.
Putting aside that there is virtually no evidence that sexual predators take advantage of inclusive bathroom laws, claiming "protection for women" as a reason to exclude and demean trans people is not only empty—it's despicable.
After legislating the shit out of my uterus, after supporting and electing a presidential candidate who sees me and my fellow women as nothing more than props, I am offended and disgusted that these same people are demonizing trans people in the name of female safety. Suddenly the GOP wants to shield me? Republican lawmakers lose sleep over the thought of skeevy men dressed as women accosting me in a bathroom?
Listen, men do things every day that anger and befuddle me. Claiming a trans identity and harassing me is not one of them. What man is doing this. Show me one example.
Passing inclusive laws—policies that allow trans kids small amounts of peace in everyday situations, like when they have to fuckin' pee like human beings—will only have one significant effect. It will help show trans people that they matter; it will advance equality.
And let's be clear: it will not increase my fear of assault. I've been grabbed on subway platforms, yelled at on busy sidewalks, groped in bars and harassed in broad daylight. This is the least of my worries. Don't use me as an excuse for your shitty laws.