The letter from the Dept. of Justice states:
"A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so. A school may, however, make individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy."The above explains to us what State's schools can and cannot do. Now, let's look at the terminology used in the above statement:
Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender. A person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.
Sex assigned at birth refers to the sex designation recorded on an infant’s birth certificate should such a record be provided at birth.
Transgender describes those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender male is someone who identifies as male but was assigned the sex of female at birth; a transgender female is someone who identifies as female but was assigned the sex of male at birth.
Gender transition refers to the process in which transgender individuals begin asserting the sex that corresponds to their gender identity instead of the sex they were assigned at birth. During gender transition, individuals begin to live and identify as the sex consistent with their gender identity and may dress differently, adopt a new name, and use pronouns consistent with their gender identity. Transgender individuals may undergo gender transition at any stage of their lives, and gender transition can happen swiftly or over a long duration of time.
Let's break that down:
- Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender.
- A transgender male is someone who identifies as male but was a female at birth.
- A transgender female is someone who identifies as female but was a male at birth.
- Gender transition is when a person who is transgender begins asserting the sex that they identify with.
Note: Transgender is not a term used exclusively to describe those who have gone through gender transition.
Therefore, a man can look like the Rock,(Dwayne Johnson), and use the ladies facility, as long as he says, "I identify as a woman." The individual by his own authority, can decide what facility he wants to use.
Don't believe me? Let's put that statement from the Justice Department's letter in lamest terms:
A school must allow transgenders access to facilities consistent with their gender identity, and may not require them to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity.The federal government has not taken away the State's right to identify sex, it has said that how the State identifies sex doesn't matter. The individual, by his/her own authority can use whatever restroom he chooses to identify with at the time.
If you do not think this dangerous, then you are naive.
In February, a man in Washington already tested this new law by going into an all female locker room and undressing in front of the all girl's swim team. He refused to leave on two occassions when he did this. The staff, and parents could not do anthing, because he was protected under this new law. (Google it).
I am in disagreement with this law, because first of all, it's illegal. Second, it's unfair. Third, it does not do justice to the LGBT community, and will cause more hatred, than understanding toward them. The extremity of this law, to allow preferential treatment to a small group of people, over the masses is just wrong.
"A school may, however, make individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy."Is absolutely ridiculous! They could have chosen to have a women's restroom, a men's restroom and an indvidual user stall labeled as unisex. Which would provide privacy to a transgender person who hasn't undergone transition, and doesn't want to use a labeled facility. However, the government has instead chosen to allow people to use any restroom they want, and if you, or you're child, don't feel comfortable with that, then you can stand in line to use the individual facility with the rest of the people.
There are transgenders speaking out against State's that have tried to assert their rights. Sad thing is, it's not people like Candice Cox and Charlie Comero that I have a problem with. They have gone through gender transition. People who have gone through transition, should have a right to use the facility that they identify with, and that they look like. Truth be told, they were already doing that.
Again, in case you missed it in the last paragraph: Transgender individuals who have gone through gender transition, and are living life as a different gender from the one assigned at birth, should have every right to use the restroom that they identify with.
It is just upsetting that in the government's hast to help transgenders, they have put women and children in harms way. They did this with no regard to our feelings, or our safety.