Letters to the Editor

YMCA: Separate but equal isn't equality

Re: “YMCA responds after creating a stir with its transgender bathroom policy” (TNT, 10-9).

Equality should be a basic human right. Separate-but-equal is not equality. It is segregation, discrimination and oppression, adding to the stigma already attached to transgender.

Transgender and child abuse prevention should never be linked, regardless of the intention. Gender is who one goes to bed as, and sexuality is who one goes to bed with. Unfortunately, society has had a difficult time understanding this.

While I understand the need for the YMCA to protect all patrons, transgender people should not be excluded. Nor should a transgender person have to disclose any aspect of his or her gender, regardless of being in transition or a completed transition. The YMCA’s vision does not seem to align with this new policy.