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This is something I’ve seen trans friends and advocates point out – that access to public bathrooms is, to a great extent, a prerequisite for access to public life. And this is in contrast to bathroom bill advocates, who tend to take a “what’s the big deal?” approach to this.
Writing this paragraph now, I just remembered that the movie “Hidden Figures” (which I loved, you should see it if you haven’t already!) makes this point very well. Bathroom access is required to be able to do something as simple as being effective at a job.
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
Three people stand talking. They’re on a sidewalk with a field behind them. A man with black hair and a mustache is speaking cheerfully; the other two, a man with a beard and a woman with glasses, look skeptical.
MUSTACHE MAN: Stop acting like “bathroom bills” are a big deal! It’s only the public restrooms! When do you need to use those?
A closer shot of beard boy and glasses girl, as they explain. They’re not yelling, but they are intent.
BEARD BOY: You mean, apart from work, school, college, airports, train stations, bus stations, rest stops….
GLASSES GIRL: Movies, plays, concerts, museums, ball games, public meetings, courtrooms, stores, malls, the DMV, Congress, jury duty… And a million other things! You mean apart from all THAT?
Mustache man confidently blathers on; glasses girl and beard boy yell back in unison.
MUSTACHE MAN: Right! So it’s not like we’re trying to completely ostracize you from society.
GLASSES GIRL AND BEARD BOY IN UNISON: IT’S EXACTLY LIKE THAT!