Maybe transgender people shouldn’t take it too personally. Apparently, conservative types have been trotting out the old bathroom scare campaign since the days of racial segregation in the United States.
Slate has a good article looking back at this disgusting part of American history.
Here’s a brief excerpt, but we do recommend you check out the article on their site:
The conservative idea that civil rights protections sexually endanger women and children in public bathrooms is not new. In fact, conservative sexual thought has been in the toilet since the 1940s. During the World War II era, conservatives began employing the idea that social equality for African-Americans would lead to sexual danger for white women in bathrooms. In the decades since, conservatives used this trope to negate the civil rights claims of women and sexual minorities. Placing Houston’s rejection of HERO within the history of discrimination against racial minorities, sexual minorities, and women reveals a broader pattern: When previously marginalized groups demanded access to public accommodations, conservatives responded with toilet talk to stall these groups’ aspirations for social equality. — Gillian Frank, Slate