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Why The 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Is 'Straight-Up Right-Wing B.S.'

Why The 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Is 'Straight-Up Right-Wing B.S.'

Carlos Maza of Media Matters
Carlos Maza of Media Matters

Media experts, law enforcement, and real live trans people explain why the fear of men "pretending" to be trans to attack women and children in bathrooms has no basis in reality. 

Amid a nationwide discussion of where transgender people should be allowed to relieve themselves, opponents of equal access frequently trot out the provably false claim that sexual predators will exploit nondiscrimination laws to attack women and children.

But there's one glaring problem with that argument, as American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Chase Strangio explains in a new video from Media Matters:

"That's never happened, in the history of any nondiscrimination law," explains Strangio, who is himself a transgender man. "So basically, the idea is, We can't protect trans people, because if we do, everyone is going to pretend to trans so they can go into the bathroom and assault the people they really wanted to assault, but they can't, because there was no legal mechanism for them to do so. That's ridiculous."

That's not just ridiculous, adds Media Matters research fellow Carlos Maza. "That bathroom predator talking point is some straight-up, right-wing bullshit."

Media Matters has repeatedlydebunked the so-called bathroom predator myth, but the video released today is arguably the most concise, direct dismantling of this dangerous claim the progressive media watchdog group has undertaken to date.

Watch the brief video below, and share with electedofficials, conservative family members, and anyone else who tries to claim that letting transgender people use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity somehow endangers cisgender (nontrans) people. Because it simply isn't true.

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