When I said about three months ago that the time is now for people to start caring about transgender rights, I did not anticipate the quickness and the explosiveness in which this would become a national political issue.
There’s so many problems in this country that needs to be fixed — racial and gender inequality, aging infrastructure, national security, healthcare, college tuition, the Kardashian family, etc.
And we’re focusing on freaking bathrooms.
I thought we had hit a low when North Carolina sued the federal government a couple of weeks ago. Turns out, we weren’t even close.
On Thursday, officials from 11 states (all but one represented by Republican governors — shame on you, West Virginia) are challenging what they’re calling the Obama administration’s overreach in forcing states to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
It’s amazing that this is even a problem, let alone a national issue.
I mean, first of all, this is not something that can be enforced. Bathrooms do not have bouncers. Since the invention of plumbing, anybody has been able to go into any bathroom. So, in essence, this whole thing is moot.Hence the politicization.
Secondly, it’s absolutely worth noting that there has never in history been in instance of a transgendered person being arrested for sexual misconduct in a bathroom. And yet, there are three known occurrences of Republican lawmakers being arrested for just that.
But this shouldn’t even be out about whose side you’re on. Because it never should have gotten this far.
Can we all agree that there are two bathrooms: a men’s and a women’s. You pick which one you use based on your gender identity, go in, do your business and leave. Don’t start conversations with the people in there. Don’t even make eye contact. In and out.
Sexual assault is still universally illegal, regardless of who is in what bathroom. So to think that giving transgenders a choice will suddenly increase the frequency of sexual abuse is nonsensical. If a person is a predator, then they’re unfortunately going to go through with it no matter what laws are in place.
I really hope this is the last time I have to talk about this. If nothing else, it may be simply because I’m too tired to continue. That’s pretty much been the case with Donald Trump. I just can’t deal with it anymore.
Ultimately, you just have to believe in progress. Because right now, in light of this lawsuit, this is not progress.
I’m going to sign off now, folks. May your Memorial Day weekend be joyous, and bathroom incident-free.
Most of all, please take a second to remember why Memorial Day exists. Even if it means rocking an American flag tank top on Monday with your fake Aviators and skinny blue cargo shorts.
The other 362 days you choose do that (I’ll give you Veterans Day and Independence Day), I’ll probably look at you with deep loathing.
But on Monday, by all means, rock those red, white and blue tank tops.
And god bless the U.S of A.