I had lunch with a friend the other day at a local restaurant. Low and behold, the restaurant had two gender-neutral bathrooms with the proper sign and all.
I was amazed and delighted. No fuss, no worries, no choices other than if one of the "special" rooms was occupied.
For most of the general population going to a public bathroom is not as complicated as it is for a Transgender person. This shouldn't be the case but it is.
This leads me to the fact that Transgender people have needs that are important to them but may seem silly for the cisgender community. Once these needs are explained to the cisgender community, they are usually easier to accept.
Lately, there has been some conversation about this or that group not wanting to be included as Transgender for various reasons. The oppressor wants this is the type of infighting. If we as Transgender people cannot work together in solidarity, the cause for equality is lost. There is no need for being judgmental of other's Transgender status. True Transgender advocates avoid elitism and social status constructs like the plague.
Every person comes to the table with their gifts as an authentic person. The bottom line is that there is strength in numbers but divided we fail.
The District of Columbia Trans Coalition is a classic example of a group of people with diverse gender identities and gender expressions working in solidarity to advocate for change.
Transgender activists push for more gender-neutral bathrooms in the District of ColumbiaORIGINAL ARTICLE
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/24/2010 10:10:00 AM