Transgender nursing student threatened with arrest for using women’s restroom – LGBTQ Nation

Speaking of transphobia and “legal” action against trans* people (see my previous post on the miserable fate that is likely in store for Greek transfolk), it’s happening here — in the United States of America — more and more. While the recent (and truly rather small) victories for proponents of gay marriage have been taking place, persecution of trans* people in America seems to be on the rise. I’m seeing more and more instances of such persecution in my news feeds. I couldn’t begin to report on them all here.

LGBTQI folks need more than marriage. We need, probably most of all, equal protections under the law.

Is America developing its own case of low-grade, low-profile fascism? —I don’t bandy that word lightly. I say what I mean and mean what I say when I use that word.

Read about an instance of suchlike homegrown tendencies by clicking on the link below.

Transgender nursing student threatened with arrest for using women’s restroom – LGBTQ Nation.


4 thoughts on “Transgender nursing student threatened with arrest for using women’s restroom – LGBTQ Nation

  1. Sarenth says:

    If we have marriage but no civil rights otherwise,we have only a token victory and token acceptance of equal rights and protection under the law.

    • Rachel Izabella says:

      Thank you, Sarenth! It’s exactly this point that our (meaning mine, at the very least) gay and lesbian “cousins” and hetero cis folks too need to hear and to understand. I’m beginning to hate, hate, hate reading trans news because it’s so depressing. But I will continue to report on the injustices suffered by trans* people and the inequity under which we live, the prejudice, the transphobia, etc., in hopes that at least a few people who don’t understand our predicaments will “get it”. Not every day, though — it’s too painful, and I don’t want a pain-filled blog (or life either). Thank you so much for you comment.

      Much love. —Rachel Izabella

      PS — Everything I said above about injustice and inequity also applies to the pansexual, the asexual, the androgynous, bigendered, genderqueer, *et al *. As a now more or less straight transsexual woman, however, I can’t walk in those folks’ shoes, and don’t feel qualified to speak for them. -R.I.

  2. Robert Mitchell says:

    Thought about this post last night while my wife and I were watching the TV Show “Major Crimes.” The episode revolved around a teenage trans who’s been attacked for being in the ‘wrong’ bathroom. TV is generally crap, so I worry about honest treatments, but overall it seems cool to see sympathetic trans characters in prime time. Interested to hear your thoughts on that.

    • Rachel Izabella says:

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Robert. I just discussed the show, which I hadn’t watched and didn’t know about, with a friend. If it’s still recorded I’ll watch it late tonight. —Based on my discussion alone, this does indeed seem like a good thing, a thirteen year old trans girl portrayed realistically on a major TV network. And my interlocutor tells me she, the trans girl, was murdered. Maybe shows like this will increase sympathy towards and some understanding of transsexual girls and women. And maybe shows like this will help raise awareness of the physical dangers, including murder, that transsexual girls and women must live in the constant shadow of. I certainly hope so. Much love. —Rachel

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