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Transgender toilet use: US schools 'must respect gender identity'

The Obama administration has told schools to allow transgender students to use the toilets that match their chosen gender identity.

BBC reports: Attorney General Loretta Lynch said it would protect transgender students from discrimination and peer harassment.

She said schools may face lawsuits or lose federal aid if they do not comply.

The federal government is fighting the state of North Carolina in court over a law requiring people to use toilets according to their gender at birth.

However, the Obama administration education and justice departments say public schools must respect transgender pupils' gender identity even if their school records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students by their sex," Ms. Lynch said.

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Campaigners hailed the move.

"This is a truly significant moment not only for transgender young people but all young people, sending a message that every student deserves to be treated fairly and supported by their teachers and schools," said Chad Griffin from Human Rights Campaign, a gay, lesbian and transgender rights organization.

A new gender identity comes into force as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the school that their child's identity "differs from previous representations or records" and must be respected even if it makes others uncomfortable, the directive says.

Ms. Lynch said North Carolina's new state law had echoes of policies of racial segregation and efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.

The federal government and the state are suing each other over the law, which the federal authorities say violates the Civil Rights Act.

North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory has said the law is a "common-sense privacy policy" and that the justice department's position is "baseless and blatant overreach."

However, many businesses and entertainers have criticized the measures as discriminatory.

Musicians have canceled concerts in the states, and several companies have pledged to curtail their business in North Carolina.

Last month a US appeals courts ruled that a Virginia school policy that barred a transgender pupil from using the boys' toilet was discriminatory.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Let’s take it as a basic assumption that people should be free to live their lives as they see fit.  But what we are seeing is actually the tyranny of a minority imposing itself on a majority.  A transgender should be free to live his/her/its life as it sees fit. But it makes little sense that the right of a transgender to use a restroom of the (former) opposite biological sex - which will make most people in the room very uncomfortable – will override how a majority of the people feel (probably quite uncomfortable, scared, nervous or disgusted) and that his/her/its right comes before everyone else. This is an attempt to impose a post-gender mindset on all people, which is not only an aberration and makes no sense from a liberal standpoint (since a liberal standpoint gives room for people to live their lives as atoms, but not to force it on others), but also may be part of a wider attempt to move into a post-gender asexual world where all boundaries are lost, and we are atomized, confused and rootless. One may oppose boundaries, but one does not have the right to forces others to break their boundaries. Without boundaries, there is no real sexuality and no real masculinity or femininity.  Of course, some may view these notions as outdated or constructed but a majority of people in Africa and Latin America, for example, strongly think otherwise and by and large enjoy a more satisfying sexual life than many in the west and have sex more often. But perhaps those who are pushing this radical agenda would like to see gender itself lose its relevance and with it a declining appetite for sex and fewer babies (who are not needed for capitalism at its bizarre advanced stage anyway). We should oppose this appalling policy, especially if we have some natural instincts left (yes, there is such a thing and they are not just ‘socially constructed’ since they go far deeper), and seek to protect our children. 

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