This essay is designed to create, consider, and suggest a possible solution on the issue of transgender bathrooms. Under the Trump Administration, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is open to interpretation on the local court level, creating opportunities for local and state governments to pass laws and policies discriminating against transgender people (Attention turns to courts, 2017, para. 1). North Carolina took advantage of this conservative interpretation and in March of 2016 passed House Bill Two. The bill requires transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate (Us says North Carolina…, 2016, para. 1). It leaves transgender people vulnerable to more public acts of discrimination and violence. Potentially this can harm their psyche and promote disadvantages in their lives. Those who agree with the new conservative interpretation are concerned with the right to privacy and believe transgender people suffer from a mental disorder. Along with discrimination, transitioning is an extremely vulnerable time for transgender people; forcing them to use the restroom that they do not identify with causes a great deal of harm. In hopes of halting and reversing this toxic path of bigotry, a solution that is the most effective and least likely to lead to violence is to enlighten people through the dissemination of information about transgender issues.
Mikeal, A. (2018). A Recent Legislation on Transgender Issues. Exigence, 2 (1). Retrieved from https://commons.vccs.edu/exigence/vol2/iss1/4