Why are we making a big deal about this now? Transgender people used the bathrooms before without a problem. We didn't ask to see birth certificates or anything like that. You went to the bathroom with a transgender person before and never noticed, yet people maintain this hurtful and shameful attitude.
Now that Target said that people could use the restroom they identified with, people are all up in arms. And, as a mother, I do understand the fear that comes with such a declaration because of sex offenders and pedophiles. However, people are making a big deal over it. Guess what? Women can rape little girls and men can rape little boys just as easily as they can the opposite gender, but we never worried about that.
Some of the world's most beautiful women easily could have been men at birth and vise versa. Yet, when we didn't know, we were fine not thinking about it. If it looks like a man/woman, then that's what it must be, right? Well, we now live in a world where we can choose who we are, and that includes gender.
We tell our kids that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. As parents, we usually mean their job and what they do with their life. But it has come to my attention that this bit of hope is a lie we tell our children to make them smile. Why do I say this? Because it is mainly parents who are against Target. Some body's little girl/boy said, "I'm not a boy/girl. I want to be the opposite of what I am because that's who I am." Now, you are judging them for wanting to feel comfortable in their own skin and using your own fears to stop them from exercising their basic human rights. Shame on you.
Gender is not a definition. Gender is not what makes a man/woman. Gender is a classification due masculine/feminine characteristics one has according to society. Nothing more. It is based off of how we act and what we look like. Again, this prompts people to feel uncomfortable, so they undergo surgery to become the gender they feel most comfortable with, though we should say sex. Sex is based off of hormones, sexual organs, and chromosomes.
Transgender men and women only want to feel accepted for who they are, despite the sex they were born with. Don't let our children grow up in a world full of fear and hate. Let them know that we can listen, understand, and be loved, no matter what they do.
When you tell your child, "You can grow up to be whatever you want to be." don't let it be a lie. Let them be whatever and whoever they want to be.