by Rita Lady
You're in the restroom at Target with your five year old daughter. Suddenly a guy with a full beard, a dress and a long flowing blond wig comes in behind you. Don't fret, simply cover your kid's eyes while the bearded lady stands at the urinal. After all, we want him to feel comfortable, right? Did that make you uncomfortable? Well, it should.
We all know instinctively why men and women should not share a public restroom. But apparently, there are those in Hollywood and government who don't have these instincts. Maybe we should just yell "And scene!" to snap them back into reality.
So, let's talk about the HB2 bill that was passed in North Carolina a few years ago. Yes, I know it's been a while but this is for people who are new to all of this. Though there are other aspects of the bill, it was primarily enacted to ensure that those who have male parts will have to use the corresponding restroom and the same for females; excluding young children who need to be escorted by an adult.
An article in The Atlantic called the H2B bill a "Monstrosity" claiming it repeals LGBT rights. Clearly, theirs are the only rights that matter. The article also states that the U.S Dept. of Justice told NC governor Pat McCrory that the bill likely violates the Civil Rights act of 1964.
Earlier this year, an 18 year old Wisconsin man was charged with fourth degree sexual assault for exposing his genitals to a child, believed to be a little girl, in a gender neutral restroom. In 2019, British ex-politician David Smith petitioned to implement gender neutral restroom policies. He was later found guilty on nine counts of sexually touching a child.
Some argue that not all men who dress as women are pedophiles, and they may be correct...and I guess that's a chance some politicians are willing to take. Though, it's important to not ignore the dung plastered elephant in the room.
"The problem is that some transgender people are not gay" argued Joanne Herman, a Huffington Post contributor and self-proclaimed example of such a case. Joanne is correct. This is a problem. It's also a public safety disaster, specifically when we're talking about violations to women and children.
So then, to my initial scenario. What are you to do when the man with the blond wig and red lips (or any man) decides to follow you and your five year old into the ladies restroom? Leave. There's a high probability that he's not coming for the toilet.