In an editorial targeted towards opponents of President Barack Obama‘s letter telling schools they could be sued by the federal government unless they allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms and showers of their choice, The Charlotte Observer told opponents to just get over it.
The editorial acknowledges that Obama is using the threat of lawsuit to get his way. “That threat is sure to bring more heat to the bathroom debate, but eventually the decree should have the opposite effect,” they argue. “It will bring acceptance, as these measures do, by showing that the answer to what happens in bathrooms is a lot less fearsome than the question.”
The editorial board acknowledges this will involve “women and girls sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with someone who has different genitalia,” an image “uncomfortable even for some who are sympathetic to the transgender cause.” But the cause of justice, they argue, means we’ll just have to grin and bear it.
“Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some,” they conclude. “But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”
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