The latest debate about transgender people using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity is not the first time the U.S. has debated bathroom politics, said the Late Night With Seth Meyers host.
Separate bathrooms for men and women were established in the 1800s, reported Meyers, when women started working in factories. The host then referenced how laws forced black Americans to use different bathrooms from whites during the Jim Crow era. In the 1980s, there was a movement to prohibit gay men from using public restrooms because people were afraid that they would contact HIV from sharing a toilet seat, reported the NBC host.
The Late Night host noted that right-wing politicians such as Ted Cruz say they are against trans people using the public bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity because it puts children in danger, but that is just another "classic move," said Meyers, to paint minorites as "predators."
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