The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Essay

1185 Words Jun 28th, 2016 null Page
There has been a long and hard-fought effort in this country to provide equal rights for its citizens. This should afford them the expectation that they will not be discriminated against based on gender, allowing all individuals similar and unrestricted access. This expectation is derived from federal law by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and efforts continue towards establishing a constitutional amendment to solidify gender and other equal rights. The federal government defines gender identity as “the individual’s internal sense of being male or female” (U.S. Office of Personnel Management, n.d.) and transgender individuals as “people with a gender identity that is different from the sex assigned to them at birth” (U.S. Office of Personnel Management, n.d.). Therefore, the association of gender and the rights granted to these recognized individuals based on their identity apparently extends beyond the confines of strictly anatomical differences and provides the guarantee of free and unfettered access to facilities. Allowing this access to facilities that have traditionally been a sex-specific realm has been the subject of recent argumentation. The transgender desegregation of restrooms is a contentious subject that includes the issues of safety, discrimination, privacy and economics within this debate.
Perhaps the greatest issue for all concerned regarding this subject of removing gender barriers to restrooms is that of safety. From the perspective of the…

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