Why do people discriminate against the transgender community. As a future physician I do not understand this. I think that there are only two possibilities, either they lack education on the subject or they simply hate other people.
Republican Sen. Tom Casperson disclosed that he is firmly committed to introducing legislation to ban children from sharing restrooms who are “biologically different.” I have news for you Sen. Casperson, all people are biologically different – Unless they have the same DNA, such as identical twins. People with androgen insensitivity are born with female external genetaia but have a Y chromosome. Which restroom should they use? How about people with CAH, or ambiguous genetaia?
According to the Associated Press, Casperson was appalled when he discovered proposed State Board of Education guidelines that suggested schools could — if they so choose — allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice and refer to students by the pronouns they request.
“Maybe, there’s something there that’s just not normal,” Casperson said. “And normal’s not the right word. Maybe there’s something there that’s just not right, where we’re mixing these kids together.”
Without a doubt there is something not normal about people not accepting other people, and segregating people. So here are the facts Sen. Casperson.
No one chooses to be transgender, it is a difficult road. There are hormones, ridicule, discrimination, and potential surgery. Transgender people aren’t inherently flawed, their body and brain do not disagree with each other.
There are 700,000 transgender people in this country. Research from the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reveals that 41% of transgender people attempted, at some point, to take their own lives. Sexual assault was the biggest cause, followed by physical assault, harassment in school, and job loss due to bias. 19% experience violence or abuse from a family member. 26% loss a job due to their identity, and 50% were harassed at work. They are no more likely to be sexual predators than anybody else, nor are they predisposed to deviant behavior.
“if my school district suggested they would allow a young boy to go into a locker room where my young daughter is, there’s no way I would be comfortable with that as a parent.”, Casperson said.
Sen. Casperson, do you really think that this is about boys trying to get in to the girls room?
No one is asking for a young boy to go into a girl’s locker room. A young girl, transgender or not, should be treated like any other girl. And a young boy, transgender or not, should be treated like any other boy.
I really want to believe that Sen Casperson is not discriminating against transgender people out of hatred. If that is true, it must be out of ignorance. My advice to Sen. Casperson is to meet with transgender kids, with physicians and with other professionals.
Sen. Casperson, you should be focused on educating your own constituents and passing laws that protect transgender people from violence and descrimination. Educate yourself before attempting to change the law of the great state of Michigan.