Gender: Bathroom Politics

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Gender-segregated bathrooms are a problem for trans people. When using public bathrooms trans people risk being questioned, ridiculed, outed, and even assaulted. In Washington, D.C. 70% of trans people reported experiencing at least one negative interactions while using the bathroom. This board documents the progress and backlash related to bathroom politics in the US and around the world.

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A transgender boy in West Virginia says that his assistant principal confronted him while he was in a bathroom stall, challenging him to "come out here and use the urinal" to prove that he was really a boy. Yet again: who is harassing whom in bathrooms? Lgbt, We Are The World, In This World, World Problems, Intersectional Feminism, Equal Rights, Faith In Humanity, Social Issues, Social Justice
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A 15-year-old transgender boy in West Virginia says that his assistant principal confronted him while he was in a bathroom stall, challenging him to "come out here and use the urinal" to prove that he was really a boy. Yet again: who is harassing whom in bathrooms? ~ @TheStuffOfMemes

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"Whatever - Just wash your hands"

Restrooms at Work - Denied Access to Gender-Appropriate Restrooms by Race  Eighty-six (86%) of those who have not lost a job due to bias reported that they were able to access restrooms at work appropriate for their gender identity, meaning that 14% of those who kept their jobs were denied access. Looking at the full sample, regardless of whether they were able to keep or they had lost a job, 78% were given access to restrooms appropriate for their gender identity and 22% were denied access.

Restrooms at Work - Denied Access to Gender-Appropriate Restrooms by Race Eighty-six (86%) of those who have not lost a job due to bias reported that they were able to access restrooms at work appropriate for their gender identity, meaning that 14% of those who kept their jobs were denied access. Looking at the full sample, regardless of whether they were able to keep or they had lost a job, 78% were given access to restrooms appropriate for their gender identity and 22% were denied access.

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The Regent Theatre in Dunedin has moved towards a more gender inclusive bathroom by displaying a non-binary sign that welcomes people of all abilities, gender and even aliens.

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Getting creative with inclusive bathroom signs

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Signage is seen outside a restroom at Museum Hotel in Durham, N. May North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.

"We don't care." - In this photo signage is seen outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C., May 12, 2016. Photo credit: Gerry Broome / AP

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Do you feel like someone is using the "wrong" bathroom? Please don't: -Stare at them -Challenge them -Insult them -Do not purposefully make them uncomfortable. Instead, please: -Respect their privacy -Respect their identity -Carry on with your day -Protect them from harm They are using the facilities they feel safe in. Please do not take this right away from them. Trans* & gender questioning students... You have every right to be here: -In this facility -In this university -In this world

Perceptions of Discrimination and Opposition to "Bathroom Bills" by Political Identification, 2016 Source: Public Policy Research Institute, August 2016 Survey Social Science Project, Difference Of Opinion, Democrats And Republicans, Public Bathrooms, Research Institute, University Of Minnesota, Political Party, Us History
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Perceptions of Discrimination and Opposition to "Bathroom Bills" by Political Identification, 2016 Source: Public Policy Research Institute, August 2016 Survey

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"My university has these toilets and they're honestly ridiculous: 'What's your gender?' 'Top hats.' (Walks up to these toilets in a bowler hat and red lipstick. Panics)."

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@JamesMartinSJ: "It saddens me that a #trans student cannot choose what bathrooms to use. A basic need. It's an afront to their dignity as human beings." @FrMatt2013: "Um...this is a joke, right? Someone please tell me this is a parady account and not actually coming from a Catholic priest." @JamesMartinSJ: "No, I'm an actual Catholic priest in good standing who stands with the marginalized. Some charity is in order here, Father."

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Do you think small children in bathrooms feel more threatened by a trans person or a machine gun? World Problems, Intersectional Feminism, Pro Choice, Patriarchy, Equal Rights, Faith In Humanity, Along The Way, Things To Know, Social Justice
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Do you think small children in bathrooms feel more threatened by a trans person or a machine gun? ~ @jaredtbh

Broad Consensus on Contraception Coverage, But Public More Divided over Wedding Services for Same-Sex Couples, Bathrooms for Transgender People "If you had to choose, which comes closest to your view?" Source: Pew Research Center

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Propaganda is when you invent a fear that doesn't exist, like the idea that cisgender women are less safe in restrooms with transgender women. There is NO evidence that male violence against women happens more in restrooms than anywhere else (which is to say, it is too high everywhere). There is even less evidence that transwomen pose a threat to ciswomen. This is a sociology page, so it should come as no surprise that we prefer to base our conclusions on evidence, not assertions.

Propaganda is when you invent a fear that doesn't exist, like the idea that cisgender women are less safe in restrooms with transgender women. There is NO evidence that male violence against women happens more in restrooms than anywhere else (which is to say, it is too high everywhere). There is even less evidence that transwomen pose a threat to ciswomen. This is a sociology page, so it should come as no surprise that we prefer to base our conclusions on evidence, not assertions.