“You’re invading my privacy! ” hollered the woman as she live-streamed video of another woman behind a bathroom stalling door to her Facebook page.
Jazmina Saavedra, a Republican candidate for Congress in California’s 44 th district, paced outside the women’s restroom at a Los Angeles Denny’s. She hollered into the restroom, telling the occupant to get out.
The problem? The female utilizing the restroom was, Saavedra believed, transgender.
The video is uncomfortable to watch, with the restaurant’s manager siding with Saavedra’s open discussion of her willingness to attack the woman with pepper spray.
“I was with my pepper spray ready and I called the manager so he helped me, ” she said in the video. “How can I be with a human inside of the ladies’ room only because he thinks he’s a dame? This is unbelievable. Only in California this happens.”
When asked for comment, Denny’s said management received a complaint that led to manager entering the bathroom. “We are exceedingly disturbed by the incident that took place at our Los Angeles restaurant the coming week. At Denny’s, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, inclusive of gender identity and sex orientation, ” they added.
This is an unbelievably horrible incident, and unfortunately, incidents like it happen all the time . And it simply needs to stop.
I am a transgender female. Like most women, I use the women’s restroom. It’s not some luxury or something I do for fun. If it were up to me, I’d never use a public restroom at all — but when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta run.
I am sick of seeing tales like this. I am sick of find the actual invasion of someone’s privacy taking a backseat to some hypothetical situation where a trans woman does the exact same thing this dame is doing to her .
I’m sick of it all, and I’m not alone. The National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 U. S. Transgender Survey found that 59% of trans Americans avoided utilizing a public restroom in the previous year for dread of harassment. About 32% ate and drank less to reduce the odds that they’d have to use a restroom, 12% were verbally harassed in one, and 9% were denied access altogether.
Nobody should have to worry about being harassed simply for existing in public, but that’s what transgender people face every day.
Anti-trans policies have been popping up in recent years, and they’re making things worse — for everybody.
One of the common arguments against letting trans people to use the bathroom of their identified gender is that girls don’t want to share a restroom with a “man”( though trans women are not humen ). The truth, however, is that if trans people are legally obligated to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth, it’s actually more likely to result in situations where women do have to share restrooms with humen.
A trans man named Michael Hughes conducted an experiment a few years back to make a point about how out of place it’d be for him to use the women’s restroom. Bearded and muscular, the reaction most women would have to seeing him in the restroom would likely be something along the lines of “Eeeee! A man! “
Since the start of the conservative pushing to legislate bathroom access, a number of cisgender( non-trans) women have been harassed in women’s restrooms for looking too masculine. Jessie Meehan isn’t trans, but in 2017, she was harassed by a Walgreens employee for trying to use the women’s restroom. Apparently, she appeared too masculine for their savor.
Her story, documented in the video below, shows the kind of collateral injury of the push to police restroom use, strengthening how feminine a woman “should” look or how masculine a man “should” look.
Anti-trans policies reinforce gender stereotypes that hurt us all.
Factoring in that the only way to actually enforce policies designed to restrict trans people from employing the restroom is for all people to be subjected to invasive genital checks before entering, the entire argument about “privacy” becomes absurd. In fact, the “privacy” argument has always been absurd, often involving wild hypotheticals or some sort of misguided notion of what actually happens in restrooms.
If “youre using” a women’s restroom and you’re seeing someone else’s genitals, you might be using the restroom horribly wrong. That’s got nothing to do with trans people.
Yes, assaults happen in restrooms. However — and “its important” — the culprits tend to be cis humen, not trans women, who have never argued that they should be allowed to assault people by pretending to be transgender. Assault and voyeurism in public restrooms will always be against the law , no matter whether there’s a policy for or against trans people.
If the debate becomes “Well, crooks don’t obey the laws, anyway, ” then it’s time to stop feigning that rules and laws banning trans people from public spaces will have any impact on security or privacy. After all, the only thing “preventing” people from strolling into any restroom they want right now is a little plastic sign with a stick figure in a dress.
I care about restroom privacy, and if you do too, you should reprimand people like Saavedra.
Demanding to know whether or not someone is trans before “theyre using” a restroom is an intrusion of privacy. Requiring trans people to out themselves as such in a public place to around a group of strangers is an intrusion of privacy. Filming someone in the bathroom, posting it to Facebook, and then trying to fundraise off of the event is an invasion of privacy.
Take a stand for privacy and just let people pee in peace.