PLEASE NOTE: I realise that transgender issues are a minefield which a stupid cis-male like me can blunder into and cause harm. That’s not my intention and please accept my apologies if I do.
Call me old fashioned folks, but I kinda think the way a human being identifies gender wise is as an intrinsic human right as one’s sexual orientation or one’s race. The whole point of being free individuals in a free society is that you not only have the right to be who you are, but you have the freedom to be who you are.
If we acknowledge that our species is a spectrum within a spectrum, within a spectrum, then the idea that some men would identify as women and some women identify as men and some identify as neither and some identify as both is as uncontroversial as the range of eye and hair colour amongst the human race.
Of course there is a spectrum within gender and those who choose to identify beyond a binary view of it should not only be free to pursue that identity, they should have the same autonomy within society that anyone of us has to pursue that identity.
That’s why I find a religious pressure group like Family Fi
rst proclaiming to champion women’s rights by producing a video of a young female student voicing her fear and discomfort at having a transgender student use the girl’s bathroom at her school so fucking disingenuous.
Firstly, I call them Family Fi
rst because any group who wants to legalise a parents right to bash their children needs to have that violence identified with the group right up front.
Secondly, this weird fixation far right religious types have towards transgender people using the bathroom they identify with seems like the sort of fatalistic ignorance that made witch burning such a popular sport in the medieval centuries.
This is fear, hate and superstition, it isn’t reasoned rational thought.
The young woman who spoke out is free to speak out, that’s not an issue. She has the right to an opinion and the right to voice it.
The issue is the level of her complaint which seems to be on par with freaking out over catching gay germs.
Now you have the right to freak out about catching gay germs, and you have the right to articulate that freak out, but you don’t have the right to force the rest of us to conduct ourselves under your delusion.
This is a young woman who seems to be in desperate need of an education on the history of bullying and violence transgender students face instead of being a willing pawn in the religious rights latest culture war.
If a man identifying as a woman wishes to use the womens toilet, they should be free to.
If a woman identifying as a man wishes to use the mans toilet, they should be free to.
If a non gender binary person wishes to use whatever bloody toilet they feel comfortable in, they bloody well should be allowed to.
Who the fuck is going cubical to cubical to check genders? Are these religious fanatics honestly suggesting a toilet police who carry out spot checks?
In Bog we trust?
This isn’t a moral or ethical issue, it is simply about a human beings right to express and feel comfortable with the gender identity that they are.
To allow ourselves to enter this debate with religious fundamentalists gives these sad clowns oxygen.
I can’t personally believe we are even allowing this petty bullshit to be news, we’ve got a planet melting, a fully fledged lunatic in the White House and appalling inequality impacting quarter of a million kids in this country. Why the fuck are we letting religious fundamentalists distract us about who uses the bloody toilet?
Build more unisex toilets, take a bloody compassion pill, and move the fuck along. We have waaaaaaaay more important shit to be getting on with, and hating on transgender folk ain’t one of them.