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Target has recently removed gender specific restrooms from their stores and America is in an uproar.

Target has recently removed gender specific restrooms from their stores and America is in an uproar.

Lizzy Jurden

Lizzy Jurden

Target has recently removed gender specific restrooms from their stores and America is in an uproar.

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LGBT people have been in the lime light in recent times, and since marriage equality was legalized in June 2015, the issues surface frequently in news and media. From wedding cakes to marriage licenses, the debates keep on comin’. This time… it’s public restrooms.

Gender identity recently came into light with prevalent figures such as Catlin Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Target. Yes, Target, the supermarket, has recently removed gender specific restrooms from their stores and America is in an uproar. Using the restroom has apparently become a gateway into potential pedophilic behaviors, since people of any gender could use the bathroom at the same time.

If predators really wanted to go after a woman, man, child or any fluid gender in the restroom, would they really wait until it was legal? Does a pedophile or rapist really care about the law? ”

— Kristin Gooch

Now, Target shoppers have started a hashtag, #BoycottTarget to express their intolerance for this transgender inclusive act. This is not the first time Target has been in the news for tweaking gender molds. In the past Target had plans of making the toy section gender neutral, which had close to the same backlash as the restroom ordeal does now. The restroom petition has 1,000,000 signatures and fundamentalist Christian group “The American Family Association” is at the forefront of expressing their distaste for this great injustice. They state that men will dress up as women to try to attack their children, and it would be legal. But all the Target Restroom Policy states is that a person can use the bathroom of the gender they identify and feel comfortable with. The gender they identify with is not always the gender on their birth certificate, as they could be in the process of transitioning, or not in a place to do so yet.

If predators really wanted to go after a woman, man, child or any fluid gender in the restroom, would they really wait until it was legal? Does a pedophile or rapist really care about the law? No. If a harmful person is after you, nothing will stop them.  A basic human right such as using the restroom in public has turned into a fear for public safety for everyone. Transgender people are not here to make others uncomfortable. Knowing people in the trans community, everyday can be a battle to feel solid and in tune with their identities.

As humans, we just want acceptance and to feel like our identities matter. Transgender people are fighting for equality and are not pushing for human rights to make others uncomfortable. However, a vast number of people are still comfortable with their binary genders. So, to segue into a more tolerant nature for every gender, keep the male and female restrooms. Then have a separate, single stall restroom that is not gender specific. Hopefully, with time and a more progressive outlook humanity will grow more tolerant to people who do not fit the generic gender mold, and necessities such as using the restroom will not be a problem.

 

 

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  1. Danny on May 3rd, 2016 10:56 am

    Very well said. Some common sense for once. A local student giving us hope for a better future. Thank You

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