The North Carolina “Bathroom Law”

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In Riki Wilchins writing of “Queer theory, Gender Theory”, he introduces the history of struggle for the transgender community and the meaning behind their emergence and activism.  He outlines 2 important bullet points summarizing the difficulties that the transgender community faces in society, but for this post I will focus on the second point that he makes, which is “Second, for most people, crossing gender lines is still a source of shame, and not something to be claimed, especially as a basis for identity.” At the moment this topic of transgenders feeling shamed is particularly relevant with the passing of the House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which puts in place a statewide policy that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.  I recently found an article on BuzzFeed written by a trans-woman who wanted to challenged the new “Bathroom Law”.  She posted on Instagram a picture of herself in a bathroom with the following caption, “Here i am using a women’s restroom in North Carolina that I’m technically barred from being in. They say I’m a pervert. They say I’m a man dressed as a woman. They say I’m a threat to their children. They say I’m confused. They say I’m dangerous. And they say accepting me as the person I have fought my life to be seen as reflects the downfall of a once great nation.  I’m just a person. We are all just people.  Trying to pee in peace. Trying to live our lives as fully and authentically as possible.  Barring me from this restroom doesn’t help anyone. And allowing me to continue to use this bathroom – just without fear of discrimination and harassment – doesn’t hurt anyone. Stop this. We are good people.”  She does a wonderful job of fighting for the rights that she deserves.  As citizens of a great country that prides itself on freedom and justice, everyone should have equal access to this freedom and justice. This BuzzFeed article highlights the discrimination that trans people feel, which Wilchins talks about in “Queer theory, Gender Theory”.