Earlier, I had to do something out at our reception desk. While I was there, I caught part of #Outnumbered on Fox. The panel was discussing the TG bathroom issue. Herman Cain said, “What I don’t want is some pedophile, some guy with a beard, putting on a dress and saying ‘I’m going to go into the ladies’ room today.’ I don’t want my 17 year-old granddaughter around that.” The ladies were immediately (thankfully) all over his shit.
I’m so agitated right now, I can’t even think. This discussion has been going on for a little while now; obviously, not long enough to resolve the issue, but long enough that stupid comments like these shouldn’t still be coming out of otherwise (supposedly) intelligent human beings’ mouths. Yes. I said stupid. If this is your rationale, it is stupid. No, it’s more than just stupid. It’s fucked-up stupid. Please note: I didn’t say “you’re stupid”. I said that rationale is crazy, fucked-up stupid. Okay, originally, I didn’t say “crazy”. But yeah, it is that too. It’s also ignorant, nasty and just plain wrong.
Why? Because you’re not targeting the people who are going to do harm to children. If you were concerned about that, there would be a lot fewer pedophiles on the streets, in our schools, our churches, our CONGRESS…no, you dont’ care about the children. You just think you do because that’s comfortable. Hey! Newsflash. Life ain’t comfortable!
What if it WAS your kid? Your scared, lonely kid, trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with him/her; getting picked on, bullied, even beaten up in school on a daily basis; never fitting in with anyone and having absolutely no idea what they did to deserve this living hell; wondering how hard would it be to just go to sleep and never wake up. What if it was your child? Would you turn your back on them? Because every transgender adult was a transgender kid at one time, and it was even worse for them because this wasn’t even a discussion when they were younger. At least now there’s hope. Some of us, many of us, dare I say, *most* of us, are fighting for those kids and the adults they have and/or will become.
So, if you’re one of those folks with the misguided notion that the Boogeyman is suddenly now going to be able to put on a dress and hide out in the ladies’ room (because before there were *so many* laws stopping them), please stop and think before carrying on with your misguided crusade of hatred. Educate yourself and stop talking out your ass. You don’t have to approve or even fully understand. Just accept the humanity and move on with your life. Some of us would really like to be a tolerant, respectful nation of human beings, just trying to look out for one another.