Maybe its time we made the debate upon transgender a tad easier. In Europe and many other places in the world most public toilets are unisex. This causes little issue for them and is normality. In the UK disabled toilets are mainly unisex, sadly though too often mixed with baby changing which is problematic from both sides.
Yes mens loos are generally more unkempt than womens, but employing adequate cleaning and good general standards would help.
I am not suggesting this will end the ongoing debate, and yes I see both sides, but life is about change, and that includes values, principles and morality. We see ourselves as a mature culture but seem to pick up on things and resist changes just for the sake of it.
I have not all the answers and yes there are circumstances unisex toilets may be a concern or even cause anxiety for some. I get that totally. But its about how they are managed, staffed and monitored. Maybe single cubicles such as many disabled ones are? And yes the local authorities are closing existing ones down and not investing, but as a diabetic with Crohns that is something I truly believe we need to resist.
I realise some of you may be angry at my simplistic post, but occasionally is it not worth seeking simple solutions before addressing the complex sides of an issue? And boy is the issue complex? But thats what advancement is about, identifying ways forward when challenges are faced.
And for the record I truly do see both sides of this truly difficult issue, I even agree with arguments from both, almost sitting on the fence (not as in a Lib Dem with knife drawn looking for a back to stab). But at the end of the day for me, people should be respected for life needs and choices. Its easier to condemn but takes intelligence and empathy at times to overcome our own society imposed views and values.
I will give any human being a chance, I will be friendly and affable, who ever they are (corrupt or right wing politicians, bankers, heads of corporations, nazis, Royals, bigots and Donald Trump [yes most of the previous] are not included in this statement and will not be treated with anything but contempt by me ) until their behaviour or attitude falls below the standard I believe acceptable.
I do not think that many if any would entertain having a sex change or even coming out to the abuse they will often receive just by admitting they are so, unless to them it was life limiting remaining trapped within a gender they cannot identify with.
Its not a game or even likely a choice to many. They are not ‘perverts’ or to be feared. They are human beings trying to live their one life as best they can.
What harm is it going to cause those of us that are not living within that undoubted turmoil?
Its only fifty years that the UK (not including Scotland or Northern Ireland) made it legal for two men over 21 to have sexual intercourse with each other. It was only in 2000 when it became legal for them to sleep together in a hotel.
Society has to change its values and legislation as understanding of ourselves increases. I don’t know many other than the far right that will not accept that being gay is ok. There will always be bigots sadly, but we need to move forward.
My view anyway. I do not expect everyone to agree, just be measured and kind in your responses.