Gender Equality In Schools

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Feeling the need to belong and having spaces to feel comfortable in, is a luxury most cisgender people take for granted. For the transgendered citizens of the United States, this is not a concept that is easily obtainable. When North Carolina governor Pat McCory signed a law making it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom they feel comfortable with, and only the bathroom that corresponds to their sex assignment. Even with the backlash, other states implemented their own version of this same bill. To combat these transphobic laws, establishments and college campuses have been implementing gender inclusive bathrooms in their facilities. Wayne State University is one of those campuses where they have implemented this feature, to give …show more content…
Karasic (2016) addresses this in his article surrounding the heath of transgender individuals due to these bathroom bills. They single out transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from using public facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms, and in turn causes discrimination from already groups that get discriminated and harassed. Unlike Wayne State’s accommodation of their transgender population, places that do not are causing exclusion within healthcare coverage, joining the military, and participating in sports. Though exclusion is also in schools, work environments, and public places that reinforce these exclusions. Karasic points out that in the last 2 years, the U.S. government made attempts to protect the transgender community from the discrimination they have been oppressed with for many years from removing the exclusion of transgender surgery from Medicare in 2014 (Karasic, 2016). Other strides of transgender inclusion came from the Macy v. Holder case saying that discrimination of transgender individuals is discrimination based on sex, and the Affordable Care Act removing exclusions that transgender people face when it comes to health insurance throughout the nation. Though there are attempts to create laws in protecting the health of transgender people, it is not enough due to the United States Supreme Court not ruling that discrimination based on …show more content…
By having spaces that are based on biology, causes gender panics, or penis panics, creating hypothetical scenarios just like the Laylor article where men in women’s only spaces will cause an assault. With Wayne State’s gender inclusive bathrooms it detours away from this ideology what anyone with a penis are predators, and that if they enter a women’s only space those women are threatened with heterosexual violence. In addition, enforcing gender-segregated spaces justify the idea that there are two, and only two, opposite

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