Focus On The Family Doesn’t Want Transgender People To Use Bathrooms

Written by Zack Ford

A bill is quickly advancing through the Delaware legislature that would add gender identity to the state’s nondiscrimination and hate crime laws. It passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday and is expected to come before the full Senate today. Focus on the Family, however, opposes what it calls the “bathroom bill,“ and invited the Delaware Family Policy Council to expound on its supposed consequences:

  • Organizations must allow people to access gender-segregated programs, activities, and facilities in accordance with the sex they choose. For example, an all-girls school would have to allow a biological male to participate in classes or athletic programs.
  • Organizations such as schools with dorms, homeless shelters or rehabilitation centers would have to allow individuals to be housed with the gender that they choose. A women’s homeless shelter, for example, must allow a biological male who professes a female identity to sleep in the women’s facilities.
  • Organizations would have to allow individuals to access bathrooms, showers, and locker-room facilities in accordance with the sex they choose. Creating a separate “family” or “unisex” bathroom is proving to still not be enough to prevent a lawsuit.

Terms like “biological male” are used to paint a false picture of who trans women are and what their experience in society is. Trans women are women — they not only identify as women, but they are perceived as women as well. Likewise, plenty of trans men are only known to the people who know them as men. Last year, Kylar Broadus testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee about how people always perceived him to be a man, but he was ostracized when he openly identifies as a trans man.

Thus, use of the facilities with which they identify is an important safety concern for transgender people. An individual who identifies (and looks) like a woman should not have to use a men’s bathroom or lockerroom, and vice versa. Likewise, trans people are more likely to experience extreme poverty, so a trans woman seeking shelter would have the same impetus to seek the safety of a women’s shelter as any other woman.

Arizona lawmaker Rep. John Kavanagh (R) has tried to enshrine discrimination against transgender people into law, because he believes that trans people’s bodies can be psychologically traumatizing to others. Fortunately, his bill has been shelved — for now. But his sentiment that trans people should only be defined by their bodies and that those bodies are dangerous can be heard in the opposition to Delaware’s bill. These narrow arguments focus only on trans people’s genitalia, ignoring the lives they lead and their whole identities as people beyond being trans. And none of these arguments actually answer the question of where trans people should go to the bathroom or which locker room they should use, suggesting that they’re not welcome anywhere at all. Delaware lawmakers have the opportunity to send a different message to the trans community.

The Delaware Family Policy Council is recycling a “bathroom bill” scare ad that has been used in other states that simply shows a man going into a women’s room, which has nothing to do with transgender people or the implications of the protections.

Watch it:

This was originally published at ThinkProgress.


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Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

and how would you know they were there sarah??

Sarah Hill
Sarah H4 years ago

I would not want them in the restroom with me or my children.

Kate H.
Kate H4 years ago

When I think about it, there must be a lot of things like this which make transgender population feel uncomfortable that a lot of non-transgender people don't ever have to worry about, like the gender-segregated bathrooms, or having such polarized "men's" and "women's" clothing in clothes stores etc. I really hope these kinds of issues can be worked out to make everybody feel more comfortable and socially accepted no matter what their personal identity is. I know for me, I really don't mind who takes a pee in the same public bathroom as me. So long as you keep it clean, don't leave pee all over the seat and floaters in the toilet, you are free to pee with me.

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

thanks what a issue isn't there something more important for people to worry about? if they dress like a woman let them use the ladies room. I have been at many concerts and places where women have used the mens room because the lines were shorter and faster. time toget over it and move on.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

I have no issue with transwomen using the same bathroom as me because I am not a bigot.

Karen H.
Karen H4 years ago

When I saw the ad, my first thought was: Where’s the parent/guardian? Who’s monitoring this kid & allowing her to use a public (outdoor) restroom alone? My second thought: Uh oh, pedophile. I NEVER thought transgender.
Personally, I’d be more concerned about the germs in a bathroom than a transgender.
On the old TV show Allie McBeal, they had a unisex bathroom—EVERYBODY used it.
Lisa L, I’ve shared public restrooms with transgenders. I worked in the same building as one & had known her as male before she began her transition. Didn’t bother me in the least. If I make eye contact with another person in the restroom (usually in the mirror), I’ll say hi. Otherwise, I take care of business & leave. I think they’re more uncomfortable because they figure they’ll be judged by anyone already in there or who walks in while they’re there.
Miriam S, according to the Bible, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” Just what image was that? Male, female, hermaphrodite, asexual (no sex organs), or other? He made quite a variety!
Believing in reincarnation, I wonder what happens if someone has been one gender for several incarnations & then incarnates as the opposite sex. I imagine it’s like having the wrong shoes on & you just don’t fit. You have to find the right pair of shoes.

Reicha King
Reicha King4 years ago

I don't see how that add had anything to do with this issue!
It's a little blonde child playing them using the bathroom , when a sneaky looking guy looks around ( checking) he's unnoticed and follows her hmmmm
Now if I put that add up and titled it " are you supervising your children" in a parenting add campaign , it might fit well.

Geoff P.
Past Member 4 years ago

If at all possible I try to avoid those places.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

I just don't understand why some pea-brain would care???? So what - get over yourself! Transgenders have enough hate to put up with - leave them alone!