Jamilyn Hall | Court takes correct action in transgender case

Published 10:34 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in December that an Ohio transgender student could continue to use the girls’ restroom, the opposite sex she was born into.

This is a stepping-stone in the right direction.

Some may have just read that sentence and thought that I am crazy for believing it is positive that a transgender girl can use the girl’s bathroom – especially in a conservative state. 

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But is it crazy to wish everyone the right to self-expression and the pursuit of happiness as long as it is not harming another?

For the opposing point, I have heard the reasoning, “I don’t want a guy using the women’s restroom with me.” 

It has been happening for years – but just in a more exclusive manner. 

If you really think about the issue, how many transgenders have beaten and abused cisgender — people who are not transgender? Isn’t it usually the other way around?

Twelve percent of transgender youth report being sexually assaulted in K through 12 settings by peers or educational staff, according to a report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

The report also says that over 50 percent of transgender people have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives.

Why are we, as the melting pot of the world, wanting to punish and try to rule over minorities such as transgenders. Even in the smaller aspects, like which bathroom they can and cannot use. 

The United States Court of Appeals has spoken for now and if you don’t agree – I suggest using the single stall bathroom or waiting until you get home.