TRANSGENDERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THE RESTROOM THEY WANT

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TRANSGENDERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE THE RESTROOM THEY WANT

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An Illinois judge recommended the denial of an injunction to bar transgender high school students from using the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice, saying the Constitution does not protect students against having to share those areas with transgender classmates.

The transgender community should be allowed to use the restroom according to the gender they identify with.

Some transgenders choose not to use the restroom all day because they’re not allowed to use the restroom of their choice. A recent study called “Gendered Restrooms and Minority Stress” states that 54 percent of the people that responded to the study reported adverse health effects such as dehydration, kidney infections, and urinary tract infection.

Many transgenders have been victims of violence. In 2016 alone, there have been at least 21 transgender deaths attributed to violence. Forcing a transgender person to use a restroom they don’t identify with could result in violence.

Not allowing them to use the restroom of their choice can also cause depression. Many transgenders have suffered from depression due to the disapproval of others. This depression could result in suicide among other possibilities. Forty-one percent of participants in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey revealed that they attempted, at some point, to take their own lives. Sexual assault was the biggest cause, followed by physical assault, harassment in school, and job loss due to bias.

Critics state that some people lie about their sexual identity to harass the opposite sex, but they’re wrong because those are not real transgender individuals. Being a transgender person is a not only a physical thing, but also requires a mental change. People have to go through psychoanalysis before they are allowed to go through the physical process of transitioning.

Citizens need to attend official city meetings and voice their opinions on this issue to encourage cities to pass non-discrimination ordinances that allow transgender people can use the restroom of their choice.

Andrew Mitchell  

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