BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont's big new student center doesn't just have women's bathrooms and men's bathrooms.
It also has gender-neutral bathrooms, a feature added to accommodate transgendered people, as well as those with some disabilities. The four single bathrooms in the new Dudley H. Davis Center — each with a toilet, sink, shower and lockable door — cost about $2,500 a piece to build. Their wall signs identify each as "gender neutral restroom."
"It's about inclusivity and accessibility and the importance of meeting all people's needs, not just a few," said Annie Stevens, assistant vice president for student and campus life.
"A multi-use bathroom doesn't necessarily feel safe to transgendered students, because they have concerns about how their gender would be read by others," said Dot Brauer, director of the school's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally Services.
A woman who identifies as a man, for example, may not feel welcome in a women's rest room. Transgendered people have been the target of verbal and physical abuse in rest rooms and been arrested, or suspected of lewd conduct, according to Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality."
Perhaps if the people walking into the woman's bathrooms actually looked like women people wouldn't assume they were perverts. How many times have kids been shot by police because they were running around with toy guns that looked real? Same deal.
What's the one slogan shouted the loudest at the white, male, straight, christian, [insert popular "victimizer" demographic here], community?
"WE'RE ALL THE SAME!!" or some other such phrase.
So if we're the same, then why have separate bathrooms for people who want to act like the opposite sex? Also in that article is a desire for separate showers. What's next? Priority on public buses? Separate drinking fountains? Hasn't our culture grown up past these things?
If these people care so much about equality and acceptance then why do they want to be socially segregated, set apart from the rest of us? Here's a hint: before they started acting like fools in their parades, bombarding us with their propaganda, and demanding such segregation, they were the rest of us.
The only people who forcibly set them apart from the community at large anymore are themselves.