Should transgender people be required to use the bathroom of their birth gender?

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Rtazmann said...

WHY DON'T YOU POSE THIS QUESTION TO TRANSGENDER PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH??

January 12, 2012 at 4:24 p.m.
Tamara_a said...

Well; My question to him, how many people carry their birth certificate? What a retard.

MY Birth certificate shows male. All of my other Drivers Lisc., Medical, Passport, Goverment; (yes Goverment) identification say Female.

Does he plan to have the police charge any and all if they use the wrong one? Does that mean they will check all panties, briefs and boxers to see if there is; or there is not the presence of the correct genetialia to go into the bathroom.

I was Just saying, or Bless Their Hearts "Its no wonder our economy is in the crapper, the legislators cant seem to get out of the crapper long enough."

Besides Do you really want a Transgender person sitting on the potty, fixing their make-up, adjusting their skirt and bras in the mens room. Forget the 50.00 fine, how many assult and battery charges, let alone lawsuits would this inccur?

January 12, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
wyldmon said...

This is what we're worried about? This is what I'm paying Bo to do? Bo...tell me, what bathroom should dumbasses use? Answer: YOUR BATHROOM!

January 12, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
Humphrey said...

I'm a man, and sometimes out in public I had to take my daughter to the men's room when she was little. I'm sure other men have occasions where they have to do that, too. And I know women take little boys all the time.

January 12, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
JonathanC2012 said...

This is such crap! Murder, Theft, Assault and Drugs are out of control in this city and you are worried about "Gender Specific Restrooms"?? We are actually paying you to sit there and literally make this stuff up? GOD I can't wait for Election Season!!!! - Jonathan

January 12, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.
brendaaliana said...

Representative Floyd is adamant about this. I'm so glad Senator Watson has dropped his support. Yes, the way the bill is worded, a 6 month old baby boy could be fined $50 if his mom has the gall to take him in the bathroom to change his diaper.

How many other women out there have used an empty men's room when the line is thiiiiiiis long for ours? I have. Does that mean I owe Rep "Flush" Floyd $50?

January 12, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.
KeiYuuki said...

This is another Politician who has signed their political Death Warrant in TN!!! TN is becoming Nazi Germany towards peole that have individuality! What Happens if I am raped??? or Assualted??? Who will be at fault to for imposing such laws? Furthermore, What do Intersexed Pesons liek Myself do? I was literally Born with BOTH! There is NOTHING of the sort allowed in TN. My mom chose Male at birth because in 1970's TN, Males could go farther than Females... but the way I developed later was 100% female. But there is no allowance ffor correction, considering I am MEDICALLY BOTH GENDERS! There is more than XX and dXY chromosomes people... XXY is out there.... just look up Klinefelters Syndrome... Thats why when it comes to Medical based Laws, Lawyers have no buisness determining what is and is not right !!

January 13, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.
crystalkile said...

A few weeks back, I found myself in a supermarket checkout line in Ooltewah, Tennessee behind a trans man, the woman who was obviously his partner, and the small child they are obviously raising together. He read to me as someone in the mid-phase of transition, living full-time as a man and probably 6-8 months into hormone therapy. I allowed myself the luxury of the thought, "Wow! Gender consciousness sure must have evolved around these parts for him to feel safe living so openly. Right on!"

Now, based on widespread local outcry over introduction of this bill, I'm going to allow myself the additional luxury of concluding that transgender Tennesseans find themselves facing more of a narrow-based fear and ignorance problem, not a broad-based violent bigotry problem. Hopefully that word will get out before we find a tourism and business boycott called down upon Tennessee.

Upon encountering the gender presentation of any person, there is but one rule: Trust him or her to self-identify and perform her or his gender, and respond respectfully to her or his cues. Simple.

Here are a couple of good educational resources about the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who "transgress gender norms" face in gender segregated bathrooms, changing room, and the like:

http://srlp.org/films/toilettraining

http://transgenderlawcenter.org/cms/content/safe-bathroom-access-campaign-sbac

January 13, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
K9 said...

We MUST get this bigot out of office. He is making Tennesseans look like a bunch of illiterate, bigoted hill-billies. I hereby solemnly swear to actively campaign for ANYONE who runs against this jerk next election! Who is with me?

January 13, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.
TrannyGirl said...

Once there was no such thing as gender specific restrooms. Then during the mid-eighteenth century a Frenchman dreamed up separate bathrooms for men and women as a dinner party joke. What started out as a lark for drunk revelers has become proper decorum.

These days, Trans folk like me can find ourselves in legal trouble because of that bit of drunken humor. Personally, I don't find the matter the least bit funny. There are far to many narrow minded, under educated knuckle draggers looking for a chance to pound on anyone they disapprove of. We Trans folk are seriously misunderstood; That makes us targets.

Early last year, The American Medical Association released the results of several peer reviewed studies. The summary of those studies was made into a video. The video was made by the AMA for teaching Doctors, so the language can be a bit hard to follow some of the time.

January 14, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.
DarlieB said...

Ask the same thing about if you would allow blacks to use the whites bathroom and I bet it comes out the same. Bigots are the same about everyone.

January 17, 2012 at 5:53 p.m.
escapegurl said...

Well, first one must make the distinction between "transgender/transexual" and "transvestite." The former identify one who is/has actually been "changed" via hormone therapy and has had/will have surgical alteration of genitalia. In this case, the "transgender/transexual" is now clinically "female/male", as the case may be. The latter (Transvestite) refers to one who, while clinically still the birth sex, simply dresses as the opposite sex. In my opinion, the former (Transgender/Transexual) should be allowed to use public restrooms which are for the "new" sex, rather than the "birth" sex. While the latter (Transvestite) should use the restroom for the sex with which they were born, and still, clinically, are. Bear in mind that a large number of Transvestites are heterosexual, even though they enjoy dressing as the opposite sex. For this reason, they should not use the restroom of the sex for which they are merely "dressed." The transgendered, however, typically prefer the opposite sex of which they have become; i.e., a man who transgenders to a woman typically has been with men prior to procedure and will so in future. Ditto for the women who transgender. Finally, shame on the legislators for never bringing up these points.

January 21, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.
stephtoro said...

I'm actually horrified. Not only is the discrimination appalling on its own, but to actually condone violence against transgendered people is completely unacceptable behavior for anyone, let alone an elected representative.

January 26, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
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