The latest challenge to the freedoms of LGBTQ Americans are these “bathroom laws,” pieces of absurd legislature that paint bias against trans-Americans with fear-mongering and misleading information. Despite any real evidence that there’s an epidemic of trans-people attacking anyone in bathrooms, North Carolina passed such a bill into law, and now it’s costing them an NBA All-Star Game, easy access to adult video, a concert from The Boss, and generally all of the good will that the rest of the country has towards South Carolina’s louder older brother.
In response to this madness, attorney Steve Rudner (who serves on the board of Equality Texas, an organization pushing for a Longhorn state “where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of our fellow Texans and in all areas of the law”) decided to take to social media to vent his frustration about the confusion assigned to these types of legislation.
In a Facebook post, Steve writes:
“I’m the father of a 21 year old daughter. There are lots of things I worry about. I worry about her being sexually assaulted, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of a drunk driver, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of gun violence, because lots of people die from gun-related injuries. Here’s what I do not worry about: I don’t worry about her being attacked in a restroom by a trans woman because (a) it has never happened; and (b) trans women are the most victimized group of people I’ve ever met, and the least likely to commit a crime of indecency in a restroom, because they are afraid of getting beat up when all they want to do is pee. And here is something else I don’t worry about: I don’t worry about my daughter being cruel and inhumane to trans men, women or kids, because my wife and I have raised her to have values and because she is a kind person. There are things to worry about. and then there are things people want you to worry about to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate. Wake up.”
“Wake up” indeed.