Ok, I know I'm in danger of becoming as much a pro-LGBT blog as a criminal defense/crazy Sarah blog. But I'm ok with that because I'm not sure it gets more pro-LGBT than me.
So here's the upsetting story for the day: a transsexual woman was ticketed in Dallas for using the women's restroom. Sigh. Deep, deep sigh.
if life hasn't been tough enough for Paula (born Paul). Yes, she's a
mannish-looking woman. And who knows how tall or broad she is. So when
she was spotted in a women's room (that was empty when she went in), I
can understand why the woman who saw her noticed her. But come on. I
mean, really, come the F*** on. She was using the restroom! She didn't
hurt anyone or even communicate with anyone. She did her business in a
closed stall, washed her hands, and left. How on earth does any of that
add up to a disorderly conduct charge?
But, see, the
woman who did spot her was made uncomfortable by Paula's presence in the
restroom. So this woman decided that Paula, who began her transition to
female 6 years ago, had no business being there. Of course, how do you
think some men might respond if Paula walked into the men's room,
wearing a dress and pumps? You think she might run the risk of getting
assaulted by the wrong guy in a men's room? Seems to me, either way,
someone is going to be made uncomfortable by Paula entering a public
But Paula (and people like her) can't be blamed for how people react to her. And she, like all the rest of us, sometimes has to use the bathroom in public. And since she can't win and will
meet resistance no matter where she goes, let her freakin' use the
bathroom that she's comfortable in. I'm guessing that life has been
difficult enough for her all these years, identifying with a different
gender than her outward appearance would suggest. I don't know exactly
how old she is, but she clearly wasn't born in the 90s when she might
have had a hope of having parents who were comfortable with a
transgender child. For crying out loud, let's not make it harder by
requiring her to hold it until she gets home. At the very least, she
shouldn't be charged with a crime because someone who had no interaction
with her at all didn't like which bathroom she used.