Unfortunately, within the past day the Trump administration has withdrawn federal protection for transgender students. This protection, put in place by the Obama administration, allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that corresponded with their gender identity. Trump believes that the decisions should be left to the states, which can be a concerning issue for students who live in more conservative states. One student, Gavin Grimm, is a 17 year old transgender student in Virginia that is fighting to use the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. This case is supposed to go to the Supreme Court, but now with this new ruling it may be taken back down to the lower level courts, giving Gavin Grimm little advantage.
This kind of ruling can have a very negative effect on transgender students. Not being able to use the bathroom that goes along with their gender identity can make them feel even more isolated and cause gender dysphoria, taking a toll on their mental health.
Not only that, but it can also be very dangerous for them. While I myself am not transgender, I dress in a particularly “masculine” way and even though I identify as female people will often mistake me as male. This happens a lot in restrooms and is extremely uncomfortable and unnerving. I have been told countless times that I am in the “wrong restroom” and women have given me nasty looks and hurried out of restrooms when I use it. All I want to do is be able to use the restroom, but because of what I experience on a daily I have come to try to avoid using the bathroom unless I am with female companions. What I experience is no way comparable to what transgender students feel, but I feel as though I can sympathize with them on a certain level compared to other people.
One big argument against transgender students, or people, using the bathroom is that they will harass the individuals in it, particularly women. However, all transgender people want to do is just use the bathroom, just like you and me! They want to be able to do their business and leave, just like the rest of us. What may come as a surprise to many is that you’ve already used the same restroom as a transgender person, probably at the same time! What transgender people want is nothing special. They just want to pee in peace like everybody else. Hopefully one day they will be able to use the restroom they wish without anybody throwing a hissy fit about it.