With the recent Russian rigging and shock win of homophobic Donald Trump in the U.S. elections – transgender rights have taken a big hit not just in the U.S. but world wide. With transphobic anti-LGBT+ bigots feeling emboldened by the Trump win, many nasty incidents have occurred.
Having the dignity to use the toilet for the sex you identify as, is considered a fundamental human right. Many large corporations including Wal-Mart have guaranteed both their employees and customers this right. Obama has instructed schools in the U.S. not to impede upon students using the toilet they feel best suits them. So it is with dismay that we hear that not only twelve U.S. states but also British politicians are legally challenging this basic human right.
It is to be expected that white homophobic republican males in the so called bible belt would attempt to use the law to oppress LGBT+ people, but it is somewhat surprising that a women politician in Britain would. As it is widely acknowledged that transgender rights are women’s rights, it comes as a real affront that a women would raise issues in the English parliament.
Caroline Flint, a Labour member of parliament, used the fact that many men are both harasser and rapists of women to claim that gender neutral toilets would pose a safety risk to women. She used a single incident of a white male harassing female students in a gender neutral university toilet, as an example. This is textbook victim blaming. It is a statistical fact that transgender women are many more times likely to be assaulted by a male than it is for a member of the general female population – forcing transgender women to use a male toilet should therefore be considered a hate crime.
Caroline Flint failed to mention that these concerns could be remedied by the simple instillation of a panic button and far harsher punishment for even the lowest level of sexist behavior. This shows that her true motivation is not the safety of women but rather a seething hatred of the LGBT+ community. Unfortunately this homophobia is likely to increase when the misogynist transphobe takes office.
We must fight back – every progressive must refuse to pay tax once the Trump reign of hatred begins.
MP Caroline Flint, sexist against her own sex.
If you’d like to know more about Transgender rights the National Center for Transgender Equality is a great resource – and remember transgender rights are human rights.