Seems like everyone has an opinion on the transgender bathroom issue and I’m no different. I don’t share my opinions on Facebook when it comes to anything pretty much… but I can say what I think here. It’s not that I won’t take a stand if it’s an issue that I strongly support or am against — it’s that I stay away from politics and religion on social media. Period. The transgender bathroom issue ticks both boxes.
I don’t care what a person’s sexual preference is. I know as a person that believes in God I probably should care… I’ve been told by a pastor/friend that I should be ministering to those who choose this lifestyle of sin — and I’ve been reminded by gay friends who worship the same God as me that it’s not for me to judge others. Knowing I sin… I’m not going to throw one single stone. I create relationships with people I like, not for who they choose to partner with.
Having said that, I do have a little problem with the whole bathroom thing. Sorry! I can’t help it. Maybe it’s because I’m old, but I don’t like the idea of the willy nilly ‘go into whatever bathroom you want’ thing. It’s not that I think transgender people are out there to rape children… it’s more that the world is full of a whole bunch of sick people that will use any loophole available to prey on others. That’s why I’m with Kroger.
Here’s Kroger’s position…
We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations. And since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends who are:
- Dads with daughters
- Moms with sons
- Parents with disabled children
- Those in the LGBTQ community
- Adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled
THANK YOU for helping us to provide a safe environment for EVERYONE!”
I like that… I can identify with that… I’ve BEEN a Mom with a son, and have a son with a daughter. I feel like Kroger cares about providing a safe place for everyone and AT THE SAME TIME can make sure EVERYONE feels like they belong.
Here’s Target’s position…
[W]e welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. …Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
Obviously, this policy doesn’t really make EVERYONE feel like they belong. It makes some think that Target doesn’t care about how a whole bunch of the people spending money with them feel. 550k have signed the pledge to boycott Target stores already: https://www.afa.net/action-alerts/sign-the-boycott-target-pledge/ I’m pretty sure that Target already has UNISEX bathrooms — they just don’t want transgenders to feel as if they don’t belong by requiring them to choose that option.
We have a UNISEX yard here… but only females have used it so far.