Do you ever ask yourself “Why is Dan Patrick so obsessed with bathrooms?” I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately. I wonder if Dan Patrick has ever met a transgender man or woman? I’d be wiling to bet Dan Patrick has been in a bathroom with a transgender man and never had a clue. Has any female in Dan Patrick’s family ever been molested by a transgender woman in the ladies restroom? I’d be willing to bet not!
Imagine Dan Patrick sees this transgender man going into the bathroom with a female member of his family. Do you think he’s going to say “That’s just fine, I’m sure that’s a woman” or is Dan Patrick going to stop this transgender man or call the police on him? Imagine Patrick’s shock when the police show up, the transgender man pulls out his drivers license and under gender it says “female”. Dan Patrick is clueless and does not understand or try to understand the transgender community.
And how about Dan Patrick walking up to a urinal in the mens room at the capitol in Austin before he heads into a 2 hour meeting. He walks up next to a transgender woman who has not yet undergone surgery and stands to pee. Is Patrick going to look over at her and say “Hi, how’s your day going?” or “My, you sure have lovely hair and your dress is just FABULOUS!” No, I don’t think so.
You see Patrick is an Evangelical Religious Right bigot who is not willing to educate himself. If anything he should be trying to pass a bill against children being molested in churches. This is a crime that so dramatically gets overlooked.
In an article on Patheos.com in May of this year titled Church More Dangerous For Kids Than Transgender Bathrooms it becomes apparent that a child is most likely to be molested in a church bathroom over a transgender-friendly bathroom. In an Op-Ed written by Alabama state Representative Patricia Todd she explains the difficulties and myths about living in the transgender community. Here is a brief excerpt from her article:
As for “the bathroom issue” Todd notes:
No evidence has been uncovered showing that fears of transgender persons and “the bathroom issue” are warranted. Several states, school districts and corporations have adopted their own policies affirming transgender people’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and have not reported problems.
As for the plight of transgender people, Todd reports:
In a study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 70% of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10% reported physical assault.
As for the safety of children, Todd observes:
Most child predators are male (The National Center for Victims of Crime) and The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, and the majority are men married to women.
So as Rep. Todd points out the real danger to children is not strangers in a public bathroom, but people they know, and are taught to trust.
As reported by 12 states that have laws protecting gender identity it becomes apparent that there truly is no issue with molestation or crimes being committed by transgender people in restrooms. That fear is baseless, completely unsupported by years of evidence from states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books. In a new Media Matters report, experts from twelve states – including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates – debunk the myth that non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms.
So if Dan Patrick feels the need to pass a “Bathroom Bill” maybe it’s time to ask the Texas Legislature to pass a bill that places armed guards/escorts outside of Catholic Church/Religious building or organizations restrooms to escort anyone under the age of 18 in and out of the restroom. These places of worship now seem more likely to be places of entrapment for children and youth in a place that should protect them from the these heterosexual abusers.
In a presentation by GRACE “Offenders Within The Church: Who Are They And How Do They Operate?” gives an ominous indication of the grave threat facing children in American churches, including the fact that reported child abuse accusations against US protestant churches average 70 per week (GRACE also acknowledges that the actual number is probably much higher due to under-reporting.)
GRACE has outlined these abusers in the following chart: The Five Exploitations:
- Exploitation of “religious cover”: Child molesters’ apparent embrace of religious practices and doctrine gives them access to children while providing cover for their behavior.
- Exploitation of faith: “The victim’s own analysis of religious doctrine may result in confusion and silence.”
- Exploitation of power: Children are taught to submit to authority “from the earliest age.”
- Exploitation of needs: Churches are always in need of volunteers and don’t always have the resources to thoroughly vet everyone. On top of that, churchgoers often come in need of support and spiritual solace.
- Exploitation of trust: Churches foster a trusting environment, especially for families with children, and children are taught to trust in God and those whom they see as His representatives.
After recently watching the documentary “The Keepers” on Netflix -“A docuseries that examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse” you understand the true depths of what truly can be allowed to go on behind close doors in the name of the church and kept secret. This is a MUST WATCH series to truly understand the PTSD world that these victims of sexual abuse go through.
It’s time for all people to wake up and become educated on the Transgender Community. It became apparent in the 85th legislative session in Texas that Anti-LGBTQ and “Religious Exemption” laws that allow Christians to discriminate were at the top of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s agenda.
Nothing will ever change as long as people like Patrick try to force their chosen religion “Christianity” upon all residents in the state of Texas. That’s just not going to work. There will be lawsuits that will go all the way to the Supreme Court on these issues. I have to believe and hope that in 2018 we “The Resistance” have come together from all walks of life-religion-race-gender identity and of all ages to fight for equal rights for all and tear down any form of legal discrimination especially where religion is involved.