Remember “potty parity”? My recollection is that this phrase entered the general lexicon after a George Strait concert at the Astrodome. The audience was overwhelmingly female, and the Dome simply lacked the capacity to handle that kind of crowd. Eighth Wonder of the World, indeed!
Thus the cry for “potty parity” which did not mean that there would be an equal number of bathrooms. It meant there needed to be more capacity for the women, since they took longer—and we won’t get into the reasons for that.
Bathroom wars continue, but they are more complicated in the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner era. Moreover, they reach right down into your school district.
So we think it’s important for you to know that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a “statement of interest” in a case involving a transgender male student who wants to use the regular boys’ bathroom. The suit was originally filed by the ACLU against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia. According to news reports, the district’s policy includes extra privacy measures in all restrooms, and permission for any student to use any single-stall restrooms the district has. However, the policy also limits students to either the single-stall bathroom or the bathroom that corresponds to the student’s biological gender. In other words, if I’m born a girl, but have a male gender identity, I can use the girls’ room or the single-stall bathroom—but I cannot go to the boys’ room.
That’s what plaintiff Gavin Grimm is complaining about, and now the federal government has taken his side.
DAWG BONE: IT’S HARD TO MAINTAIN NEUTRALITY IN THE BATHROOM WARS.