It really is a horrible thing to do to me, to send me into a woman's bathroom, because that is what these laws want me to do, go into the women's restroom ~ and once there, I would no doubt scare the bejeezus out of some poor girl or woman there because I am a man, (yes a trans man, but definitely a man) and certainly would appear to anyone in that ladies room like I don't belong there and they would likely mace me, assault me out of self-defense, and call the cops.
It is a cruel and inhumane thing to do, to force a trans woman into a men's room where she has almost a guarantee of being raped, assaulted, or murdered. NO joke. A quick look at the facts related to violence against transgender women will tell you, my sisters do NOT belong in a men's bathroom, locker room, or any male-exclusive facility.
But more than that, it is a horrible and cruel thing to do to strip me of my fundamental rights, punishing me for the crimes of others. To send me the message that I do not belong in society, because of the irrational, unfounded fears of others. The record of recent history and the crime stats in over 18 states with laws protecting trans rights and insuring transgender people have access to the facilities of their choice (over the course of 25 years) DO NOT SUPPORT the claims that there will be any increase in assault crimes against women in public restrooms or lockers if we are allowed to use the restrooms that WE feel safe in.
I have a right to equal access. I have a right to a fully engaged public life. I have a right to the same privileges and liberties that many others can take for granted. I am guaranteed these things by virtue of being born human and being born in this country. These are my INALIENABLE rights. These are rights declared "self-evident", and without qualification. It must be known that MY presence is harmless. (The presence of all of my trans sisters and brothers? Also harmless. As a population, we actually are some of the most modest, private, polite, kind, generous, and compassionate people you may EVER meet).
So tell, me, anyone, why it is that *I* have to suffer and be limited in my freedom and have my fulfillment denied because of the behaviors of others and because of a fear of something that has NO relation to me whatsoever??