It’s no longer liberal policy that’s confusing to conservative media — apparently, it’s the idea of an “all gender” or transgender restroom at the Democratic National Convention that baffles them, as well.
Most guests at the Democratic National Convention reacted to the gender neutral bathroom with some curiosity, but mostly positive responses, Time reports.
“It doesn’t make me nervous at all,” Lula Dualeh, a delegate for Bernie Sanders, told BuzzFeed News. “I just need to use the restroom. I don’t care who’s next to me.”
But the idea of all-gender restrooms, which would enable people of any gender or people who choose to identify with a gender different from which they were born, to use the bathroom, has become a hot-button issue with Conservatives, oddly enough. North Carolina, for example, has pushed forth a law known as HB2, which prohibits transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender — and seven more states are considering similar laws.
Which genders could use what bathrooms even made its way into the presidential elections last spring, when Republican Senator Ted Cruz made allowing — or disallowing — people using restrooms based upon their gender an actual basis for his campaign. He argues that transgender people should utilize their restrooms at home.
“If a man to wants to dress as a woman, and live as a woman, and have a bathroom at home,” he told reporters in April. “You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others.”
And so while most attendees at the Democratic National Convention find the inclusion of an all-gender bathroom unremarkable, the reactions to the inclusion of such a restroom from Conservative media outlets ranged from confusion to disgust.
Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner, for example, seemed uncertain as to whether or not she even had a gender.
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) July 25, 2016
Fox News chimed in, expressing disgust and calling the concept “bizarre.”
“I mean, I guess we’re liberated by this? Everyone should come visit one and see the reality of it. It’s unbelievable,” Tucker Carlson said.
A writer for the Washington Free Beacon grew upset because the all-gender bathroom had originally been a women’s restroom, and the conversion of it into the all-gender facility “leaves female convention goers with one fewer bathroom than male attendees,” conveniently forgetting that she could still actually use that facility.
The writer also seemed overly concerned with whether or not toilet seat lids may be left up or down, or have urine on them.
I’m 100% sure you don’t realize the bathroom in your own home is an all-gender bathroom. My heart breaks for you https://t.co/W8qqhCcAAp
— diana (@lwtfever) July 27, 2016
Conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza, who is behind the controversial film Hillary’s America, decided to take a picture of his wife’s reaction to the inclusion of an all-gender restroom and post it on social media.
This is @Debber66 emerging from the “all gender” restroom at the Democratic Convention pic.twitter.com/3htLfLhLef
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 26, 2016
Sarah Wood, writing for the New Century Times, seemed a little baffled by the Conservative bafflement, and shared her own experience at what it was like to use the all-gender bathroom.
“It was pretty much like every other bathroom experience, except for seeing a couple male faces,” she explained, “but we all kept to ourselves, as one does in any bathroom.”
Another delegate also spoke up in favor of the all-gender restroom, stating that using a restroom with men in it didn’t feel like an intrusion at the convention. In fact, her only concern was that the people using the bathroom used them too slowly.
“I was just in a hurry,” she stated.
The uproar over all-gender bathrooms, and transgender people using the bathroom for the gender for which they identify, began with retail giant Target, who took a stance in favor of LGBTQ rights. Since then, it has become yet another political divide, with those on the right expressing fear over the idea of men using women’s restrooms, while those on the left saying it is a LGBTQ right issue, not a safety issue.
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