Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Your Papers Please Or Passing Privilege

If you can integrate into society you are going to have a lot less harassment than someone who is readily identified as trans.
Transgender Texan Trolls Governor to Protest ‘Bathroom Bill’
NBC Out
By Associated Press
July 17, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — A transgender Texan has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest a "bathroom bill" that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning Tuesday.

Ashley Smith posed with Abbott after he announced his re-election campaign Friday in San Antonio.

She later identified herself in the photo as "trans-woman" and posted it on Facebook with the hashtag #BATHROOMBUDDY.

Smith, who has been active with groups opposing the bathroom bill, also posted: "How will the Potty Police know I'm transgender if the Governor doesn't?" and received thousands of likes.
Photo from Ms. Smith via NBC Out

She has “Passing Privilege” a trans woman who doesn’t probably wouldn’t even gotten close to the governor.

Then down in Las Vegas...
Transwoman denied access to women's restroom at Las Vegas resort
Las Vegas Now 8
By: Karen Castro
Posted: July 14, 2017

LAS VEGAS - A transgender woman is speaking out after claiming she was not allowed to use a women’s restroom at a casino on the Strip.

Kaite Charm, who is from San Francisco, was attending a Cirque du Soleil show inside New York, New York a few days ago when the incident happened.

She says someone complained when she tried using the bathroom. When she tried going to the bathroom a second time, she was confronted by security.
[…]
“The last thing he said to me is 'why would we give you a refund because you have a problem with our establishment?’” Charm said.
So what is the difference between these two incidents?

In one case you couldn’t tell that she was trans and in the other case you can tell she is trans.

Our rights should not be based on how well you can blend into society.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had thoughts very much along this line when I saw Ms. Smith's photo and the media attention it's gotten. Thanks for articulating what was bothering me.