Bathroom Bill HB2 exemplifies stupidity


Katie Sullivan

The North Carolina Bathroom Bill requires everyone to use the bathroom of their birth unless they have had surgery to change their gender. This puts transgenders and all patrons in uncomfortable situations and creates the bizarre crime of being in the wrong bathroom.

HB2, also known as the Charlotte Bathroom Bill or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, is the newest issue causing tons of unnecessary controversy. I have tried to find a reasonable solution for this issue, but I’ve found holes in each plan.

This bill is nonsensical, ridiculous, and unnecessary.

Essentially, HB2 states that a transgender person must use the restroom appropriate to the gender that is on their birth certificate. According to The Charlotte Observer, “transgender people who have not taken the surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificates have no legal right to use public restrooms of the gender with which they identify.”

The problem with finding a solution is that there is a fundamental misunderstanding between the two parties so they cannot compromise. I first thought of having a separate bathroom for transgenders but realized that it would be way too expensive to fund. Also, would all buildings have these new bathrooms? Only government buildings? Schools? Private businesses? That idea was quickly discarded due to the expense.

If you think about what the bill actually says, it almost seems reasonable. Making people use the bathroom of their birth gender sounds fair, but it would make both transgenders and the people around them uncomfortable. It’d be weird for a transgender man to walk into a women’s restroom. They would feel very out of place, and I’m sure the women would too. I mean, I’d feel pretty uncomfortable if I walked into a bathroom and Caitlyn Jenner was in there.

It seems that the real solution to this problem would be to let transgenders use the restrooms of the gender with which they identify. Picking a bathroom isn’t something we should force people into, transgender or not.

Now, there are speculations that sexual predators may try to take advantage of this new Bathroom Bill for their own benefit. Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, and Texas all had considered passing this law as an act of protection against predators. However, the numbers don’t lie, and according to the Transgender Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and the American Civil Liberties Union, there is no statistical evidence that supports this claim.

The reality of this situation is that no one will enforce this. People aren’t going to carry around birth certificates just in case they have to use a public bathroom. There aren’t going to be officials at each bathroom door to check your parts to make sure you’re going into the correct bathroom.

HB2 is just a way for lawmakers to tell transgenders that they didn’t like them, and didn’t want them in their state.

This bill is nonsensical, ridiculous, and unnecessary.

Daniel Robinson is a Copy Editor for The Patriot and