Re: “Bigotry raises its head with ‘bathroom bill’” (Kathleen Parker column, 4-14).
The author purposely mischaracterizes the point of safe-space movements by labeling it discrimination against transgender people.
This isn’t about discrimination. It’s about safety. Do trans persons think their “feelings” of discomfort are more important than real safety and privacy needs of women and children?
Is it so difficult for adults to come up with respectful solutions? Individual, lockable, gender-neutral toilets and showers could solve this. This is a safer option than Washington’s dangerous Human Rights Commission policy that allows people to use whatever restroom or shower they “state they gender identify or express” with at gyms, schools and businesses. This loophole leaves doors open for predators!
We should consider costs to business and schools. Maybe we should repeal the policy to allow each business, gym or school to decide what’s best for its clients, employees or students.
If the HRC and Judiciary Committee allowed open discussions on possible alternatives to this policy, we wouldn’t have this predicament now. We need more than a handful of appointed people to decide this important issue.
Let’s sign the upcoming initiative that gives us all a chance to vote. Then maybe we can form a diverse, collaborative effort working for real safe spaces for all people.