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If trans people are forced to use bathrooms for birth sex, I’ll simply refuse


Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir standing outside in front of foliage with pink flowers

Using the wrong bathroom makes us unsafe and more at risk of assault and harassment in public spaces (Picture: Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir)

A homophobic slur. Physical assault. Shattered tooth. Trauma.

This is what happened to 17-year-old Cobalt Sovereign at the end of last month when she says a male student called her a ‘f****t’, then punched her in the face. She described how one of her ‘teeth exploded’ and she had to get three titanium plates fitted in her jaw after it broke in two places.

All because she’s a trans girl and dared to use the men’s bathroom at her high school in Minnesota.

This brutal and reportedly unprovoked attack perfectly illustrates that if trans people were to follow what anti-trans policymakers and transphobic voices demand, we’re placed at increased risk of harm. 

Sadly, I am not surprised this has happened. It is precisely what trans people and our allies have been saying would happen for a long time.

Using the wrong bathroom makes us unsafe and more at risk of assault and harassment in public spaces. It makes a mundane activity like using a public loo a risk for us.

Cobalt is a trans girl who dared to use the men’s bathroom at her high school in Minnesota (Picture: Kare11)

Cobalt described how one of her ‘teeth exploded’ and she had to get three titanium plates fitted in her jaw (Picture: Kare11)

I have been using women’s spaces since I was a teenager when I came out as transgender. While I’ve not had any altercations like this personally, it was definitely a huge fear when I first came out. 

As an adult, I am seen and perceived as a woman in society by everyone I meet. By going into the men’s bathroom, I would not only cause confusion and uncomfortability for everyone, but I would out myself as trans to people that otherwise wouldn’t know. 

Even if such a policy were to be put into place in the UK, I refuse to be forced to conform to patriarchal and harmful standards about gender and sex that ultimately serve no one. I know who I am, and I deserve dignity and respect for it. 

No one would be able to actually enforce it anyway. 

This recent moral panic about bathroom and single-sex spaces completely ignores the lived experiences of trans people (Picture: Ugla Stefania Kristjonudottir Jonsdottir)

Cobalt said that she had never been afraid to use the men’s restroom before, but that it admittedly made her ‘incredibly uncomfortable’ whenever she sometimes did.

‘I would rather be uncomfortable than make other people uncomfortable by using the women’s bathroom,’ she bravely said.

But after the assault, she has had nightmares and will require months of further treatment and surgeries. 

How can anyone advocate for a reality that opens trans people up to this sort of trauma?

The answer is that our detractors don’t care about us because it’s never been about safety or protecting young people. It seems to be about exclusion, no matter how much harm …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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