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Even after the Departments of Justice and Education chimed in with guidance regarding schools and Title IX, there are all kinds of secondary issues popping up around the country.
So what’s going on?
•One school district in North Carolina—the Rowan-Salisbury District, backed by the local Board of Education—is permitting high schoolers to bring pepper spray to class out of fear that transgender people will enter bathrooms in violation of the state’s bathroom bill. •A woman in Connecticut was allegedly harassed in a Walmart restroom because another woman mistook her as transgender. Apparently her pixie-style haircut made her a target. “I can get why at first glance she would mistake me for somebody who’s transgender,” said Aimee Toms, the alleged victim. “This same thing happened in the 1960s when black people wanted to use the same bathrooms as white people,” she said in a YouTube video. “This is nothing different. History repeats itself.” •A Texas man followed a woman into a restroom to check her gender because he thought she was a male. The woman—a five-foot, three-inch straight woman—was wearing a T-shirt and basketball shorts at the time. “It scared me at first,” said Jessica Rush, the woman who captured some of the altercation on her cellphone. “My first thought was I'm about to be attacked because I am a 5 foot, 3 [inch tall] female.” •An active shooter scare took place at an Illinois Target in early May over the chain’s bathroom policies. An anti-LGBT rights activist, Michael Merichko, confronted the store manager and a customer service representative before harassing customers. Somehow the incident was reported to police as an active shooter situation, though no shots were fired and Merichko had no weapons on him.
According to Rose Saxe, a senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, these bills are cropping up around the country and could turn state agencies, schools and universities into the “potty police.”
What Do You Think?
What do you think of all this bathroom backlash? I’d love to hear your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter, so feel free to share.
The North Carolina “bathroom bill” is having far-reaching effects—but they’re probably not what lawmakers intended. The Justice Department even sued the state of North Carolina, calling the law “state-sponsored discrimination.”
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