Are they all haters as the New York Times wrote in an editorial?
“They” are the 61% of Houston’s voters who voted against HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The stated intention of the ordinance was to set in place protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces on basis of race, sexual orientation and gender identity, with a very strong emphasis on the latter. I would think some who voted against the ordinance might indeed have hate in their hearts. But maybe some of the backers of HERO have hate in their hearts as well toward people they don’t know beyond this one vote. Either way, it is extremely dangerous to so broad-brush an entire group of people with the vitriol of calling them haters.
I think this ordinance would have passed 61% to 39% if there were the simple qualification regarding public private places. I think many proponents of non-discrimination still feel a bathroom or a shower or a locker room is cordoned off to a group of people for a reason. An individual with a man’s body who self-identifies as a woman is still viewed by many as a man, or at least, a combination of man and woman. Now, out of this many, yes, some may indeed be haters while most of the others likely want the best for everyone, including those who are transgender. But this doesn’t equate to losing their sense of privacy and modesty. In fact, and ironically, this is the same motivation for the transgender. If not, the choice of bathrooms wouldn’t make a difference. But obviously it does…to everyone.
There is probably a larger question here apart from gender. In our homes, the bathroom has a door. Most of the time an individual, when in the bathroom, opts to have the door closed. And this is around the most trusted people. This obviously doesn’t make anyone a hater.