< Return to The Proud Path Blog Where did this come from? I want you to think back a bit. Before the infamous House Bill 2 in North Carolina in 2016, which restricted trans individuals from using the bathroom aligned with their gender, how much did you think about trans people using the bathroom? I imagine, unless you are, or are related to, a trans person, not a whole lot. I’m in my mid-30s and never, not once, have I gone into the men’s room wondering if any of the people using the bathroom are trans. So why on earth did this bill get made in the first place? Let’s get to the bottom of it… “There has never been a single case reported of a trans-person going into the restroom of their gender identity and molesting a child.” We should start off with one very important fact about trans people using the bathroom: There has never been a single case reported of a trans-person going into the restroom of their gender identity and molesting a child. Not a single one. Why is that the first thing? Because all across the country the radical Christian and conservative narrative was simple: Think of the kids. If you can scare a parent into believing that something or someone at any given time will harm their child, they’ll buy whatever remedy you sell hook, line and sinker. And so a false correlation between child molestation and transgender adults was cemented in the minds of the Republican constituency, a group that has been criticized of late for lack of fact...
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Nathaniel is a social worker, mentor for parents of LGBTQ+ youth, and facilitator/empathy mentor. He started out in NYC as a singer/dancer/actor from the heartland (O-H-I-O) getting his BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University. After years of performance, Nathaniel... Read More