Throwing Shade

About those transgender bathrooms: One question for President Trump

This 2015 image provided by courtesy of E! shows Caitlyn Jenner in the first official promotional trailer for the new documentary series, "I Am Cait," in Southern California. Donald Trump told media during his 2016 presidential campaign that Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wants in the Trump Tower.
This 2015 image provided by courtesy of E! shows Caitlyn Jenner in the first official promotional trailer for the new documentary series, "I Am Cait," in Southern California. Donald Trump told media during his 2016 presidential campaign that Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wants in the Trump Tower. AP

It never fails. When I need to get up early in the morning, my mind won’t let me fall asleep at a reasonable hour. I had an appointment at 8 a.m. and was determined to get eight hours of sleep.

I ate dinner, showered, and was in bed by 9:30 p.m. But I didn’t knock out until almost 2 a.m.

I was in a focus group meeting all day Wednesday and went straight to the gym after work, so I didn’t see the Trump administration’s decision to reverse President Barack Obama’s transgender bathroom directive until I got in bed.

Public school districts across the nation no longer have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

As a proud gay man and a supporter of equal rights for all people, I was happy and hopeful when Trump made headlines during his presidential campaign for saying Caitlyn Jenner could use the bathroom of her choice in the Trump Tower.

Now, I have one question for the commander-in-chief.

Mr. President, how can you empathize with a celebrity’s need for safety and inclusion by allowing her to use the bathroom of her choice but disregard the safety of students across the country who now won’t have a choice?

Before I went to sleep last night, I wrote this haiku I also want to share:

Okay for Caitlyn

But stop the children in line

Because he said so

This blog is an opinion from Sun Herald Social Media Editor Justin Mitchell.

  Comments