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As someone who has plenty of trans* friends, I see the struggles they face when they have to use the bathroom publicly. If they're in a liberal area, it is less of an issue. They go to their preferred bathroom, do their business, and leave like everyone else, but for those in less friendly areas, there is a choice between risking someone might catch that they're trans in their preferred bathroom and calling the cops without any protection from the state, entering their assigned-at-birth-gender bathroom and being humiliated(mostly trans men once again having the cops called on them) or threatened sexually, physically, or verbally(usually trans women in mens' bathrooms), or peeing themselves.
They are not pedophiles, threats to society, or anything of the sort. Simply people that need to freaking use the bathroom. Yes, there are people who will abuse the system, but those are the SAME people who don't give a crap about the rules now. And just as a follow-up, the demographic with the most inappropriate charges against them in public bathrooms are straight men. Hell, even members of gov't in NC have more charges against them in public bathrooms than the entire trans* community in that state.
And as a member of the LGBT community who let slip accidentally that I attended a pride parade when asked what I did over the weekend, then saw my hours get gradually cut until they told me that my services weren't required(a blatant lie as the job was posted the following day online), I DO THINK that all states should have non-discrimination laws in place to protect LGBT and ALL people from getting fired just for our orientation.
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