Ben Carson: Trans People Are Squicky And Should Have Separate Bathrooms

Well, Ben Carson is just on a roll. On top of his hip new rap song (so hip) and his dubious claims about why the pyramids were built, in the last twenty-four hours, he’s also argued, in an interview with Fusion, that trans people should have separate (but equal!) bathrooms from all those normal people. Take it away, Ben!

“It is not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable. It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBT] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else, when the way that this country was designed, it was live and let live.”

I think you are confused, Ben Carson. The country was not designed as “live and let live” when women and black people couldn’t even vote for several centuries after the country was founded, and when people couldn’t marry each other if they had differently-pigmented skin until 1967, when sodomy laws criminalized the basic right of gay people to have sex with each other until 2003, when people of the same gender couldn’t marry each other until June of this year, and when, of course, there were the laws that kept black people from using the same bathrooms, bus seats, and schools as white people until the passage of the Civil Rights Act. All of which is well beyond the fact of the American government putting American citizens of Japanese origin into concentration camps during the second World War and, of course, slavery. So, no! Actually, we have very seldom lived and let live, and we’ve had to enact laws to change that.

Thus the LGBT community’s sadness over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance being repealed, which would have guaranteed trans people the right to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity (among many, many other protections, not only for the LGBT community, but also for 15 other protected classes of people), about which Carson was commenting.

And, of course, the idea that the majority should not be tasked with becoming more comfortable with people who are not precisely like them actively works against the idea of greater equality in our country. And, of course, going to the bathroom is not an “extra right.” And, of course, we’re here, we’re queer, and we would really appreciate it if you’d get used to it already, Ben Carson.

[The Advocate]

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