National widespread debates are happening all over the country about whether or not to let transgenders use the appropriate bathrooms based on their gender identity.
One of the more recent cases involves a Target store located in Texas. More than 950,000 people have signed a petition that was launched by the American Family Association. The petition calls for a boycott on Target after the retailer pledged to allow transgender to use the appropriate bathrooms, according to TheHuffingtonPost.
“This is common decency. This is not about equal rights. I’m totally in favor of equal rights. I’m not prejudiced against anyone. I don’t want a man, for any reason, going into a women’s bathroom or a women’s locker room.” Dan Patrick, Governor of Texas, said in statement.
In Oxford Alabama, an ordinance was passed that said transgenders could now go to jail for six months if they use the biologically incorrect restroom, according to CNN.com. The ordinance doesn’t specifically use the term transgender, as the city said they are not trying to discriminate but is trying to prevent further harm in the future.
In North Carolina a law has been passed, referred to as HB2, which required people to use the biologically correct restrooms, stated CNN.com. “HB2 has the appearance of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority, who already have to deal with a narrow-minded world regarding issues beyond their control which they did nothing to bring upon themselves,”, Boston founder Tom Scholz wrote. Over 150,000 people have signed a petition to repeal the law. The petition even reached to the state capital.
And lastly, a South Carolina district has updated policies to let students go to restrooms that match their current identity, reported CNN.com. The change happened after a student threatened legal action after he was suspended for using the “wrong” bathroom. Some teachers started using female pronouns to refer to him, outing him, the student stated, who wished not to be identified.
“While this doesn’t erase the harm done to my son, it means a lot to us that no other student in the district will have to go through what my son went through.” stated Lynn, the student’s mother.