Now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, the next frontier is obtaining justice for the transgender community, the ‘T’ in LGBT. The discrimination they face is terrible. But apart from the major hurdles and cruelties they experience, they also face many indignities, such as how people feel that they can ask them the most intimate questions.
In his latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looks at the many challenges that transgender people face and calls out those who take such liberties when talking with them.
And what is this obsession with bathrooms? I recall that this issue loomed large during the debate on the Equal Rights Amendment a long time ago, when opponents made a big deal that this proposed amendment, that was largely a response to the unequal treatment of women, would outlaw gender-segregated bathrooms and that this was unthinkable.
People seem to think that public bathrooms are currently absolutely safe places to be free from sex-related assaults (they are not) and that allowing transgender people the right to use the bathroom that is consistent with their gender expression will be to give criminals greater freedom to assault others (it will not). If a sexual predator wants to attack someone, the sign on a bathroom door is unlikely to deter them.