Ok, I know that I am probably naive and that my own personal, moral beliefs may be a bit antiquated in this 21st century world I live in, but I just had to question this when I read this unbelievable article. (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,478924,00.html)
In this article, there is apparently some controversy around the fact that some people do not want people identified as “transgenders” going into bathrooms of the opposite sex. And since – at least to me – it is confusing to even identify which sex we are talking about here with individuals who are transgenders, I’m referring to the opposite of the sex of what the individual was born as. So apparently, in this Florida town, if an individual was born a man, and decides he is actually a woman, he has a right to use a woman’s public bathroom. And vice versa for the individual born as a woman who feels she is actually a man.
Like I said, I’m sure my own beliefs are a bit antiquated here, but normally I consider myself somewhat tolerant. I don’t approve of homosexuality, but I have never judged anyone who is. A very good friend of mine from about 20 years ago was a homosexual. I never tried to “change” him, I never tried to talk him out of his lifestyle. If he asked me how I felt about it though, I was honest and told him I thought it was wrong. But people do wrong things all the time (as do I) so I never felt it was my place to judge someone elses actions.
But this takes it a step too far. Honestly, I don’t know much about transgenders, as a matter of fact I was unaware that they were a “protected” group in the same sense that we protect others from discrimination based on race, sex, etc. But equally honest, knowing any more about them will not change my perspective here.
What this is asking of people is to allow themselves and their children to be subjected to the possibility of being in a situation where they could be exposed to people who really are physically of the opposite sex. It’s just plain wrong.
I have two wonderful girls. The thought of being in public and having them need to use a bathroom and then witness a man walk into that bathroom and my not being able to do anything about it makes my blood boil. I can’t imagine why anyone would think this is acceptable.
The video they show in the news article is truthfully using a scare tactic to make people nervous about this. From what I understand, someone who is a transgender individual would not be dressed as a man. However, the video does have a very substantial impact, as it should. Whether anyone likes this or not, allowing something like this to happen is going to open up all sorts of possibilities for something bad to happen – such as pedophiles going in to bathrooms by pretending to be a transgender individual or even a man who just wants to see women in such a situation.
I understand our country is moving away from religious view points on many issues, which is unfortunate. But I am able to live with that for the most part. But, come on, even from a non-religious point of view, this has got to sound wrong! Is there a reason a third type of bathroom can’t be invented?
There has got to be another way to resolve issues like this. I look at my little girls and am so concerned that we have really lost our minds in this country in our attempt to be fair to everyone.
NOTE: This was originally published by myself on my old HubPages account on 1/10/2009.