Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Another Newspaper Gets It

In an opinion in the Portland Press Herald the paper shows that they understand that this whole bathroom campaign is not more than a political ruse.
Our View: Invented threat feeds hysteria over bathrooms
For years, transgender people have been using public restrooms in Maine without incident.
By The Editorial Board
May 17, 2016

Gallons of ink, and volumes of hot air, have been spent in the last few months on the supposed dangers of allowing transgender people in general, and students in particular, to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

A Portland High School senior, however, summed up the debate in four words.

“No one really cares,” Brianna Guptil, 18, told the Portland Press Herald last week, after President Obama issued a federal directive supporting transgender rights.

No one really cares, that is, except those drumming up unwarranted fear of sexual predation, all at the expense of a small, vulnerable population just trying to live their lives.

That’s because, before conservatives, suddenly and hysterically, made transgender bathroom usage an issue, it wasn’t an issue at all.
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These problems only existed in the minds of people ignorant and uneasy when it comes to gender identity, and unwilling to learn more, and the politicians happy to exploit that fear and unfamiliarity.
The editorial goes on to write about Nicole Maines and her court battle that went all the way to the Maine Supreme Court.

Nicole Maines recently gave a TED talk about her experience…

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