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Charlotte Observer: School Girls Must Get 'Comfortable' With 'Male Genitalia' in Bathrooms

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By    |   Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:23 PM

A recent editorial in North Carolina's leading newspaper says that when it comes to transgender issues, girls must get used to seeing male genitalia in school locker rooms.

Responding to the Obama administration's nationwide directive that public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom they feel most comfortable with, The Charlotte Observer's editorial board has likened the issue to civil rights legislation.

"This is what the Obama administration nudged the rest of the country toward Friday," reads the editorial, which was published May 13 but is now gaining national attention. "Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls' locker rooms — and vice versa — might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort — with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage — then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined."

The editorial slams North Carolina's recent "bathroom bill," whose proper name is HB 2. Signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in late March, the bill said transgender people must use the bathroom and locker room that matches their biological gender, not their identified gender.

The Obama administration fired back last week on two fronts. First with a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state, and then with the public schools directive. 

"That leaves the issue of privacy and the oft-stated notion of women and girls sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with someone who has different genitalia," the Observer editorial reads. "It's an image that's uncomfortable even for some who are sympathetic to the transgender cause."

The editorial then lists examples in public schools across the country where transgender issues are being successfully addressed head-on.

"The measures follow a simple premise: Offer those who are uncomfortable a chance to be comfortable, but give choice to everyone instead of taking it away from some," reads the editorial.

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