Unfortunately, many people who stand under the flying banner of tradition and/or conservative Christianity, are simply not informed and not discerning real human issues all the way through.
Some good steps:
- Science first. Get informed from impartial and knowledgeable sources. Don’t start with the political debates.
- If you know someone, have a talk. Have a talk in which you learn from a trans person or someone who knows one well, and not a lecture in which you have something to preach or impose.
That figure of one in a hundred people … that’s not miniscule or microscopic. Pro athletes, priests, and reality tv stars: those proportions are nearly irrelevant, if you mean close to zero. And in the latter case, I’m not sure it’s nearly as real.
And I’m not sure about the bathroom-in-school debate. I’ll tell you that as a private-minded kid, I never used the school bathroom until I was in tenth or eleventh grade or something. They never felt safe to me. I went in the morning and I had a strong bladder, I guess.
If possible, does the availability of a private elimination space make sense? And retrofit those nervous large-group restrooms like we did for wheelchairs? People who build public restrooms or who are reticent about cutting costs just don’t get it. And I don’t mean just about the trans issues.