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IGNORANT. FEAR BASED.
There is a cadre of dullards in this country for whom facts and education are anathema. The mere idea of expanding their limited range of knowledge scares them, makes them ball their little fists, spurs them to strike out. And sadly, many of them are in positions of power and influence - local, state, national legislators who have zero business in governance because they have zero grasp of governance.
Power? Sure, they grasp that concept easily.
But the act of actual governance - that government is of the people, by the people, for the people - Well, that part eludes them. In their worlds, the only people that count are the ones like them.
So it is little wonder that LGBT individuals are constantly in their crosshairs.
Kansas - that bastion of sponge like cranial material - is currently pushing forward two bills that target the "T" in LGBT - transgender.
The bills work in tandem to demonize transgender students and their bathroom breaks. Yes, because that is what strikes fear in the tiny hearts of conservatives who cannot be bothered to educate themselves. BATHROOMS. And the thought that they may be sharing pee time with someone whose genitals give them the oogies.
Oogies play the lion's share part in conservative logic when it comes to LGBT and equal rights.
One of the bills states, “Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students.”
OK, children put your oogies aside and let's break out those thinking caps. I'll wait while you find yours in the attic and remove the decades old layers of mold and dust accumulated by non-use.
Transgender students are PEOPLE. Say that with me: TRANSGENDER STUDENTS ARE PEOPLE.
People like you, people like me. Their burdens are many, however, one of the larger is not so much that they grapple with trying to live authentically in a body that does not match their mind, their soul. (Envision that for a moment. Seriously - TRY.) No, it is that they have to grapple with YOU. With your ignorance, your fear, your hate. That is why the suicide attempt rate is 41%. Why even when supported, loved, assisted towards transitioning, so many still find suicide to be the better answer to having to endure a hateful, stupid, bullying society. You do not deserve that power.
Yes, we know you get tripped up on someone's genitals not matching their attire. But here's the thing - transgender individuals are simply trying to live. That's it, that's all. And in terms of bathroom breaks? They are simply trying to pee and shit in peace and quiet.
JUST LIKE YOU.
A female to male (FTM) transgender person wants to enter a male bathroom because they are a male. A male to female (MTF) transgender person wants to enter a female bathroom because they are a female. They are not going in to try to catch a glimpse of your junk, or cop a feel as you pass.
THEY SIMPLY WANT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. IN A STALL. BEHIND A DOOR.
There is no conspiracy at play, no cruel intentions, no recruiting, no perversion. Just sit/stand, go, wipe, wash hands, leave. You know, kind of what YOU do in there.
This notion that anyone unlike you is a pervert, a pedophile, a molester? That exists one place: in your tiny mind.
Look, are there perverts, pedophiles, molesters in the LGBT? Sure. Just like there are in EVERY demographic you can name. Bad people exist in every color, creed, county, country.
But that is not what we are talking about.
We are talking about going to the bathroom.
These bills stipulate, “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy” thus denying a person's knowledge of who they actually are. It also completely ignores that sex and gender are two very different things. They go on that these bills will “maintain order and dignity in restrooms, locker rooms, showers and other facilities where students may be in various states of undress in the presence of other students.”
Again - a FTM is a male. A MTF is a female. They know who they are. And trust me when I say that all they want is order and dignity. Not a grope, a glance, a grimace. And honestly, who the fuck are you to tell someone they are not who they know themselves to be?
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The sad excuses for humans who brought forth these bills believe that any student who so much as sees a transgender student in their bathroom should receive $2500 and "monetary damages for all psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered as a result of a violation of this section.”
Yes, because money is a much better answer than actually educating our children that transgender people are, you know, PEOPLE.
Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R), a great mind who defends these bills, states, “Parents have reached out afraid for their children’s safety and they do not want attention for fear of being called a bigot, this legislation ensures accommodations, while still protecting everyone’s privacy rights.” Puh-leez. This is nothing more than government sanctioned bullying.
Mary, your problem, and the problem of those parents is far bigger than being called what you are. Yes, you are bigots. But the bigger label is simply IGNORANT.
If you fall into this line of thinking, ask yourself, WHAT AM I REALLY AFRAID OF? Transgender people or having to replace your preconceived and wrongheaded notions about them with facts and compassion?
Ignorance. There is a cure for that. Education. Love. Understanding. But apparently, those pills are just too bitter for some to swallow.