Transgender rights are an issue that has been a common source of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans for a while and legal fights over transgender rights have been brewing across the country over the past several months.
Since the court ruling, the Obama administration has directed every public school in the country to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender they most-closely identify as.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case agreeing to hear an appeal from a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a high school senior, Gavin Grimm, from using the boys’ bathroom. Grimm was born biologically female, but now identifies as a male. He considers himself transgender.
For several weeks in 2014, the Virginia-based school, Gloucester High School, allowed Grimm to use the boys’ restroom before the school board intervened and decided to change their policy. They decided to temporarily block Grimm from using the boy’s restroom after a vote of 5-3 in August.
Grimm is just one of many American transgender individuals that is suffering the consequences of discrimination against transgender people. Individuals, regardless of their biological gender, should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. They should be have the same rights as everyone else, regardless of what gender they identify as, or what genitalia they do or do not have.
The idea of not allowing individuals to use the bathroom of the gender they identify as is a prime example of transphobia, which is described as, “the intense dislike of or prejudice against transsexual or transgender people.”
It is tremendously important that allies of the LGBT community show support for those who identify as transgender. Some people are speaking out against this transphobic ruling by supporting the #IllGoWithYou movement, which aims to offer support for members of the transgender community.
#IllGoWithYou describes their mission as “…those of us with passing privilege offer to be a bathroom buddy, a watch-your-back person, a stand-up-for-you person. #IllGoWithYou says: I will have your back. I will be your witness.”
You can visit illgowithyou.org to buy patches, buttons, or lanyards that are marked with the transgender-pride flag and show the #IllGoWithYou hashtag.
These are meant to let transgender individuals know that you are a safe ally and one that wants to make sure that their natural-born rights are being protected.