When school districts treat trans and gender-nonconforming kids as “different,” requiring that they use special bathrooms, is it any surprise when the other kids follow suit?
Trans adults face legal discrimination in everything from housing to medical care to employment to getting a driver’s license. You know who is much more likely to face verbal harassment or even physical assault for using the bathroom? Trans people. You know who is probably going to be totally fine using a bathroom? Cis people. Yes, even if a trans person is in that bathroom with you!
I’m pretty much fine with letting people use the bathroom that matches their gender. Unless you want a genital inspection before you walk into the restroom, I’d suggest you also let people use the bathroom that matches their gender.
And of course, if I ran the world, we’d also have a universal third bathroom option open to whoever wants to use it. Mom and dad need to go in together to take care of babies who need changing? Go for it. Dad and dad need to go in with their daughter? Do it. You have a full beard and felt like dressing super-femme that day but don’t want to decide between the “male” and “female” signs? Come on it. The line is shorter so I’d like to use that bathroom please? Enjoy.