Using EBSCO, I found a few articles around transgender individuals and their use of public restrooms, however, only one really related the topic to gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is when someone experiences distress because their biological sex does not align with their gender identity. But it is so much more than just that. Many things can contribute to someone experiencing gender dysphoria.
Restroom use is one of those things. Being forced to use the restroom that one does not identify with can cause unbearable amounts of anxiety. Many people who are transgender fear discrimination every time they want to use a restroom. I personally avoid having to use public restrooms so that I can avoid being hurt and so that I don’t make others feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately, those who do use public restrooms are running into many problems.
The article Transgender Restroom Use: Overview gives a few examples of legal discrimination that people who are transgender face when it comes to public restrooms. For example, North Carolina passed a bill that requires students to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth sex. Just to clarify, gender is the psychological, social, and cultural characteristics of being male or female and sex is the physical state of being male or female. There is a defined difference in gender and sex, and this bill in North Carolina completely over looks that.
The article points out that there are many cases where transgender people are discriminated no matter what bathroom they use, which is true. For example if someone who is male to female used the men’s restroom to align with their sex, they would be harassed especially if they present their self as female. However, if they used the women’s restroom, they could be reported by cisgender women as a creep if they had more male characteristics than female. While surgery and hormones are options to fix that, not everybody can afford those things. Most surgeries cost thousands of dollars and some insurances do not cover them.
Those who experience gender dysphoria often try to do things that align with their gender identity, such as use bathrooms that correlate with that. One thing about this article that I really liked was how it advocated for unisex and gender neutral bathrooms. I think that more bathrooms like that could help eliminate concerns from both sides of the argument.Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School