Yesterday, the Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision that would have heard the appeal of a 4th Circuit opinion granting a transgender boy the right to use the bathroom of his identified gender.
The decision comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s policy change, which revoked the Obama administration’s guidance that protected the bathroom rights of transgender students in public schools.
As a result, the lower court must now answer the thornier question of whether federal law (and not just a White House interpretation of it) equates gender-identity discrimination with sex discrimination.
If an employee genuinely believes she is female (regardless of whether she was born a male), why do we care if she uses the women’s restroom?
I’m certain I have readers who are thinking, “I don’t want those freaks in my bathroom.” Well, this post isn’t for you (or maybe it’s especially for you). You are doing exponentially more harm to the mental well-being of your transgender employee(s) if you force them into the wrong bathroom or segregate them in a single-gender bathroom, than you are doing to your other employees by having them share their bathroom with their trans co-workers. Any other answer to this issue is bigotry, period. And, in 2016, we should be well beyond institutional bigotry of any kind.