LGBTQ and Feminist Activists Oppose “Bathroom Backlash”

By Heather McKee Hurwitz

The latest threats to feminist and LGBTQ movements are North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2) and a lawsuit by eleven states against the Obama administration’s guidelines to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice in school.

“Bathroom backlash,” such as HB2 and the lawsuit, oppose lesbian, gay, transgender, and contemporary feminist movements. Bathroom backlash attacks transgender persons’ rights, such as the widespread acceptance of transwomen Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, among many others. The tactics seek to limit transgender persons’ hard won legal gender reclassifications. Also, bathroom backlash undercuts advocacy by parents of transgender children for a safe educational experience for their children. In addition, HB2 and the lawsuit are backlash against the legalization of marriage equality that allows marriage between two people of any gender identity, instead of strictly defining marriage as between man and woman.

In contrast, feminists and LGBTQ activists value people of diverse gender and sexual identities and embrace the idea that gender identities should not be determined by assigned sex at birth. The majority of feminist organizations today advocate gender equality including transgender rights and support a range of lesbian and gay causes. Continue reading “LGBTQ and Feminist Activists Oppose “Bathroom Backlash””