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    VeggiElaine, rserven

    ...it isn't going to happen.  It will surely get more common to have gender neutral bathrooms, for the reasons you mention, but it will never be complete.   I totally agree that women's bathrooms are overcrowded and long lines to pee should not be our lot.  But as a trans woman I gotta say...positing a someday solution requiring remodeling is kind of infuriating.

    The solution to this is simply, don't be a jerk and don't let other people be jerks.  Really.  That's it!  I've spent nigh twenty years being afraid every time I have to pee, and while I hate this more than I can say or you will ever know, I don't think this is a terribly important issue as  such.

    When I read the item above I wonder whether this chica will ever get to grow up and exactly how it will be for her finding a job and getting medical care and renting an apartment.  In Kentucky if she can't get out.  The bathroom issue is just the bloody flag these people wave, but -- though I have had people offer to relieve me of the burden of breathing for taking a piss -- the ways they kill us and convince us we are nothing go so far beyond this that it is basically a dog whistle.  The solution to racism isn't finding Obama's birth certificate, and the solution to our daily ruin is not gender neutral bathrooms.

    Sorry.  Bad day.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:05:36 PM PDT

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      done now -- I was thinking for the future.
      For now, I'm strongly in favor of protecting the rights of transgender people and I certainly don't buy into the crap about how "dangerous" it is to have a transgender woman use the women's restrooms.
      However, if you think about the cutouts now on so many sidewalk corners, it wasn't all that long ago when there were absolutely none. Over time, these became pretty standard. And people discovered that not only are these cutouts good for people in wheel chairs or with other mobility problems, they are also good for strollers and bikes and wheeled carts -- they help many many more people than those for whom they were originally intended.
      I feel the same way about bathrooms. If they started being built that way in new buildings, particularly places like stadiums, or like fairgrounds (where I waited in a very long line for the ladies' just a few weeks ago), I think they'd become very popular and would end up being created when old restrooms were renovated.
      I guess I'm more optimistic about this than you are, probably because I haven't had to deal with the issues you have. (OTOH, I had a severely disabled son and dealt with all kinds of barriers and accessibility problems. My anger at being faced with steps to get into a building I was told would be accessible and in which my son had an appointment probably matches your anger very nicely).

      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:32:53 PM PDT

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