They must always be afraid in order to feel alive. They must always be on the lookout for boogeymen. They must always have a target for their inner turmoil. The sky must always be falling.
Whether it be red cups at Starbucks daring to obliterate their holiday happiness; gay people compromising the sanctity of their third marriages by wanting equal rights and protections; or Syrian refugees infiltrating their safe suburbs, there must be a target in their quest for perpetual victimhood.
Here's the problem with the Chicken Little set, however ... at no point do they ever allow logic, facts, or common sense to temper their temper tantrums.
And that's a problem because in their never ending quest for the Iron Throne of supremacy, they must be fed a steady diet of human chum. A constantly filled feeding trough containing whatever the latest "it" they have been told is out to get them.
Starbucks cups came and went. That hysteria was put away when the twinkle lights came down. Syrian refugees are SO four months ago. Gay people triumphed and took away their legislated right to keep them from buying overpriced floral arrangements and fancy cake. So what's an easily led, easily scared dimwit to do?
Gobble up the latest fare put in the trough by their legislators: transgender people.
It is not just North Carolina that has brought the *gasp* horror of transgender people needing to pee to the fore. State after dullardly, bigoted state has introduced their own bills to demean, marginalize, dehumanize, and criminalize a transgendered person's need to use the bathroom.
Look, I don't mind a person being uneducated about a subject. There's a lot I don't know about in this world and I read constantly. What I do mind is when a person digs in and takes pride in their lack of education, refusing to get up to speed lest it disrupt their inner narrative and make their soggy brains hurt.
Transgender people are PEOPLE.
There's the first thing you need to know.
They are not perverts, pedophiles, monsters. Might there be some scattered through the demographic? Of course. Just as there are perverts, pedophiles and monsters scattered through every piece of the human pie.
But that is not what being transgendered is. It is not some scary anomaly (at least not for the public - it is scary as hell for the trans who has to deal with the hateful, ugly public). In point of fact, a transgender person is simply someone whose outside does not match their inside. Bully for you! You were born with a soul not "wearing" white shoes after Labor Day! A trans person was born "wearing" the equivalent of stripes and plaids. And all they want is to be able to live a life in which what they see you do with such ease, be something they may do as well. Live an authentic life, a safe life, a life with love, grace, stability, friends.
Only the Chicken Littles of the world cannot have that. They double down on their stupidity and support the legislators who know how easily led is their base.
Given the hysteria and glut of "bathroom bills" you would think transgender people just hatched out of eggs a month ago. Scary! Out to get us! They want to infiltrate the bathroom and look at our pee pees!
No, no, and get the fuck out of here.
Transgender people want what you want in a bathroom break. A place to pee or dump in private, peace, and safety. That's it, that's all.
But noooooooooooooooo!!!, you cry. Men will now dress up as women to gain entry to the ladies room and rape and pillage!
I see. So you're actually not afraid of transgender people at all. You are actually afraid of cis male rapists entering the ladies rooms. As if that sign on the door has kept you safe all this time.
Here's the truth - stay with me now - THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN INCIDENT IN A BATHROOM INVOLVING A TRANSGENDER PERSON ATTACKING ANYONE.
Yet there you Chicken Littles are, threatening transgender people with violence, playing toilet vigilante, and letting mentally defective opportunists like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, NC Governor Pat McRory, Dan Patrick - Lieutenant Governor of Texas, et al - manipulate you into thinking the end is nigh because someone with conflicting genitals may be in the stall next to you.
New Flash, brain trust: They have been there all along.
Transgender people have been around as long as people have been around. Minding their business, taking your orders, answering your phone calls, fixing your cars, serving your drink on airplanes, cashing your checks for you at the bank, selling you stamps at the post office, firing up your Half Caf Steamed at Starbucks, helping you pick out an outfit at DIllards, and yes, PEEING BESIDE YOU IN BATHROOMS.
A transgender person, regardless of where they are on their path of transition - actually, let me stop here for a moment to educate you further...
Transitioning is a long process. It is a very long road. As it should be. Thoughtful, deliberate, many doctors involved. Hoops to jump through, appointments, therapy - it is not something you just wake up one morning, say "I'm trans" and hop over to the Urgent Care for hormone therapy. This is not some capricious, fad type adventure someone embarks on on a lark. It takes time, bravery - SO MUCH BRAVERY - support, care. With the quest being to simply align the outside as much as possible with the person they have always known themselves to be inside.
Think of it this way - let's scoop up beer gutted Bubba from outside any Texas Sonic on a Friday night (Shut up - I live here, I see it, it's real.) Now, against his will, let's make him up, limit his wardrobe to dresses (nothing camo, sorry, Bubba, you are now Barbra), and let's go even further - knock him out, and give him breast implants. Lookin' purty there, Barbra.
Now, to the outside world, Barbra is looking like a woman. Being treated and addressed as a woman. Is Bubba still in there? OF COURSE HE IS. Because Bubba knows WHO he is inside. Mismatching his outsides does not change Bubba's inner truth, his authentic self. And I guarantee Bubba will be begging, seeking help, looking high and low for doctors to make his outsides match his insides.
That is what a transgender person lives with. Knowing who they are inside - some from a very young age, some finding the words in young adulthood for why everything has always been different. Just dying to live authentically. Literally dying to live authentically. A 41% suicide attempt rate because society cannot muster the strength to open a book, Google some information, display some empathy for other human beings.
So, back to the path of transition. The beginning is passing. Trying to begin matching their appearance to their hearts, their souls, their minds. Hormones, surgeries - they come far later. But passing is crucial in this process. It is the first step to feeling even a little normal.
So a FTM (female to male) going into a men's room is because they ARE male. And they will go in a stall, do their business, wash their hands and leave. A FTM is not standing at a urinal checking out your dick.
A MTF (male to female) going into a ladies room is because they ARE female. And they will go in a stall, do their business, wash their hands and leave. A MTF is not at a urinal - there are none in a ladies room - or standing on the toilet looking over at you taking a dump.
They simply wish to pass as who they know themselves to be, get safely in, safely out. Might you take a second glance? Sure, but I promise you they are passing as best they can for the time in the transition they happen to be.
Further down the road of transitioning, when there have been hormones, perhaps surgery, you will notice them not at all.
Which is why these bathroom bills are such utter and complete bullshit, and the epitome of how easily led the Chicken Littles are.
You have been going to the bathroom with transgender people all your life. You simply have not known. But now some legislators have decided to point you this direction and it is all you can think about. Which is pretty sad. You are hyperfocusing on someone else's genitals, turning taking a shit into a sexual thing. (And while I know there is a kink for every vibe out there, if you find yourself in a Target bathroom taking a poo, I highly doubt you are thinking about sex.)
Look at yourself in a mirror. Could YOU be mistaken for a short haired man? Does your girth swallow up your boobs, ladies, making you look more like Bubba than Barbra? And guys? How about that ponytail you rock? That lithe frame you may have. Many of you could be mistaken for Barbra, not Bubba. May we do a genital check on you?
What's that? NO? Why not? I need to be sure that Fred, with his tiny ass and split end pony isn't a woman entering the men's room intent on looking at Rudy's penis. Or that the tall girl with the pixie cut isn't really a man intent on raping my daughter.
Here's the bottom line: This has never been an issue. NEVER. I shall repeat it again. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN INCIDENT IN A BATHROOM INVOLVING A TRANSGENDER PERSON ATTACKING ANYONE.
You are safe. As safe as you have ever been. So keep doing what you have done till now. Pee in pairs. Don't let your child go in alone. Be aware of your surroundings.
Because transgender people are not the threat. The threat is your continual insistence that the sky is falling, and your willingness to flush logic down the crapper.