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There is now a federal lawsuit against the State of North Carolina over who can use what restroom.
The reason is that last week the Legislature passed a law to stop local governments from formally allowing transgender people to use whichever restroom they identify with.
Instead, transgender people have to use the restroom corresponding to the sex written on their birth certificate. That is a big relief to this voter.
“We’re back to the way it was before, girls and women going to the lady’s room,” one woman said. “Boys and men going to the men’s room. And so, yeah, it puts my heart at ease.”
But I’m not sure about that. Just listen to Joaquin Carcano, one of the transgender men who is suing.
“As a male, I use the men’s restroom as I should,” he said. “We are no different than any of you. I guarantee you’ve shared a restroom with us.”
He may have been born a woman, but I Googled his picture, and I can tell you he looks like a man. If I saw him going into the women’s restroom it would be weird.
And there is this transgender woman.
“Don’t treat me like I am somebody who is so foreign that you have to knock down legislation that gives me basic protections,” she said.
She may have been born a man, but she looks exactly like a woman. And yet North Carolina law would force her to follow me into the men’s room. I’ve been to public restrooms in France where that happens, but this is America, darn it!
How do you check to make sure all the women are women anyhow? X-ray machines? A TSA pre-restroom pat down? A no-pee list?