Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1732 requiring by March 2017 that all public places, including those in schools, have a single-user bathroom “designated as all-gender.” Just another one of those new laws that makes you scratch your head.
The Williams Institute reports that 0.6 percent of the U.S. population identifies themselves as transgender. That means that 99.4 percent do not.
Surely there must be more pressing issues facing the 99.4 percent of Californians than this.
The groups behind this—California NOW, Equality California, Transgender Law Center (and don’t forget the ACLU)—must be bankrolling the campaigns of enough state legislators to allow such nonsense to be enacted.
Single-use bathrooms already exist for families and disabled people at several places. Even Starbucks has them. So why is this law needed?
Only one reason: to push the agenda of very small but vocal and politically charged groups whose ultimate goal seems to be to get the government to outlaw recognizing people as men and women.
The NBA made a big stink about North Carolina’s law that mandates people use a gender-specific bathroom that matches their sex at birth by pulling its All-Star Game out of Charlotte.
Are there that many transgender basketball players?
In its support of AB 1732, Equality California stated that “we must change our focus from segregating access to equalizing access to this solitary room [enabling] everyone to get in and out on the same terms.”
Talk about a sentence that sucks dry the humanity of people. What these anti-gender groups want is for people to no longer be identifiable. Already stores like Target no longer categorize toys according to gender.
The bill’s backers point to “the bathrooms in people’s homes” as proof that all-gender restrooms are not novelties so it shouldn’t be a big deal for any establishment open for business to have a single-user toilet not marked by gender.
Actually for schools to meet the new law’s requirement will require more than replacing the sign on the door; except for some faculty and nurse station bathrooms, the vast majority of schools have only multi-user facilities. So this will require money, money better spent in the classroom not on the toilet. Unless you allow all kids, boys and girls, to share the same restroom.
Over at Santee Education Complex in downtown L.A. there already is a multi-stall restroom so males, females, and others may use the facility. I wonder how parents feel about that one.
Where I work there are single-use faculty bathrooms for each gender. I like that because, without going into too much detail, men and women have different plumbing and toiletry needs.
Equality California claims that people have become “accustomed to the traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ designations in order to determine the appropriate restroom facility to use.” Yes, that is correct. And there is nothing wrong with that as long as the word “traditional” doesn’t get twisted into a slur as has happened with the word “normal.”
Even though I am “traditional,” I still try to cause the least attention when using a public toilet—I don’t want to look at anyone, and I don’t want anyone to look at me. That would be more challenging in a multi-stall, multi-gender facility.
I don’t mean to be insensitive to transgender people. But this notion of forcing a large majority to go along with the will of an infinitesimal minority must stop.
God forbid we identify ourselves as men and women because it might hurt the feelings of 0.6 percent of the population.