Letters to the Editor

Transgender: Discomfort isn't the same as unsafe

A man recently entered a women’s locker room at a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility and refused to leave, citing a policy allowing transgender people to use the locker room that corresponds with their gender identity.

I, as a teacher and parent, support policies that protect the rights of transgender people. They do not permit men to use women’s restrooms or locker rooms. Transgender women are women.

It is apparent to me that the man did this as a kind of protest. He wanted to show how easy it was for him to enter. But the policy doesn’t protect him.

He was asked to leave because he does not identify as a woman. It is fairly easy to tell when someone is being disingenuous, and the policy doesn’t prevent authorities from taking appropriate steps to remove someone like this.

Opponents argue that these policies open the door for assaults. The number of assaults by transgender people in bathrooms is zero.

A supporter came under fire for saying that “women will just have to deal with it.” Remember that what women must “deal with” is not danger, but rather possible discomfort. Being uncomfortable is not the same as being unsafe.