Ok, I haven't chimed in on this issue, but there's an awful lot of misinformation and ignorance about this issue among both democrats and republicans, or liberals and conservatives if you prefer.
Obviously, not everyone is ignorant about this issue, but most seem to be, at least from what I have observed.
Firstly, since I am living as a woman, I am grateful I live in a state where I can use the women's public bathrooms without being arrested or fined.
I try my very best not to, but sometimes I have no choice.
Why is it I won't use a public men's bathroom? Well, probably fear of assault and/or rape. Since both has happened to me before, as a guy no less (and the irony here does not escape me, lol) I am much more worried this may happen in a men's room than in the ladies room.
The vast majority of trans people I know have these same fears. So do many women, trans or not.
The problem the left has with this issue is never knowing when to stop, essentially, and for using this as a political baseball bat to bash conservatives with (such as trying to include "gender fluid" people and fetish crossdressers in among trans people). And saying anyone should be able to use any bathroom just because. But that's what they always do even when they might have a few good points to make.
The right is wrong because many think trans women are just perverted men in a dress that want to rape women and children, or to leer at them, or take photos.
This is not true. People who seriously want to be trans aren't doing it out of a fetish, this is the way we live, and dress, 24/7/365.
Trust me (or not), I would rather not deal with all the hassle, the makeup, shaving, etc., not to mention the ridicule, threats, laughter and the list goes on and on.
But I must unless I want to be miserable and put on an act pretending to be a man, when' every fiber of my being says I am not.
There is virtually no evidence, in the states that have legalized trans people using the female bathrooms, of trans people committing crimes against genetic women (or men). Nor has there been an increase in those crimes by trans people.
In fact, trans women are far, far more likely to be assaulted or raped than genetic women are, at least in the U.S.
When I do need to use the bathroom, I go as fast as I can. I go in, find a stall, close the door, do my business and leave. I have even been in considerable discomfort, even pain, waiting to make sure no kids are in the bathroom.
But don't take my word for it. Do the research. See what cops have said.
If course, you may still be against trans women using ladies bathrooms, but if that's the case at least stop using the boogeyman as an excuse.
Again, the left does no one any favors when they try to include fetishists along with serious transgendered women.
They insult trans women by saying "gender fluid" people are the same, or cd's are the same. They are not the same.
There is some evidence (not conclusive though) that those who feel they are women trapped in men's bodies may have biological reasons for doing so, as well as environmental, and a host of other things I won't get into right now. It's easy enough to find the info if you are interested.
But there is no evidence whatsoever that crossdressers or "gender fluid" people do.
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