by Dan Savage • Feb 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Right-wing assholes keep hammering away about the threat posed by trans people using public toilets. In reality, trans men and women are at higher risk of violent attack, hate crimes, and murder than any other group; trans women of color are at highest risk. (Three trans women of color have been murdered already this year.) And while it’s true that cis and trans women are sometimes attacked in public toilets, these attacks are perpetrated by cis men, not trans women. (Want to make the world safer for women? Make it illegal for men to use public toilets.) And this whole revolting idea that a significant percentage of trans women are “male sexual predators [interested in] prowling ladies’ restrooms” amounts to an anti-trans blood libel. This belief—that some or all trans women are actually male rapists trying to worm their way into “safe” spaces where they can attack “actual” women (because a male rapist can’t walk into a women’s toilet dressed as a man?)—results in violent attacks on trans women like this one. Fomenting this belief leads to more attacks on trans women.