It’s not uncommon to see a mom speaking out for her transgender child, but April 12 saw a dad front and center. The scene was a Maine Judiciary Committee hearing about proposed bill LD 1046, would allow the operator of a restroom or shower facility in that state to decide who can use which gender’s restroom based upon “biological sex.”
But “biological sex” is not defined in the bill, nor is the method to be used to verify it. In my case, I am generally viewed as female wherever I go, and while I have had genital reconstruction surgery, I still have male chromosomes. Would this bill allow someone who knows my history to insist that I use the mens’ room?
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kenneth Fredette, implies that I am not the concern. “What situation do we put young children in when they go into a private place and then what they perceive to be the person of the opposite sex comes into that bathroom? That could be quite shocking.”
Yet this conservative dad’s daughter looks and acts “all-girl” to those who know her and hardly seems out of place in the girl’s room. The problem arose when an adult, who knows the girl’s history, forced her school to deny her access to the girls’ room.
I had the pleasure of meeting the girl and her family a couple of years ago and have stayed in touch since. After the dad spoke out for his first time publicly at the hearing, he sent me the full text of his testimony (excerpted in the Bangor Daily News article).
This man and so many parents/people like him give me hope for humanity.