Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reader's Transgender Locker-Room Scenario Isn't Worth the Worry

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reader's Transgender Locker-Room Scenario Isn't Worth the Worry

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Dear Roz:

OK, I think I have an answer for you. But I must say, your email, which I highlighted in this space a few weeks back, had me stumped for awhile. That's why I asked readers to weigh in on the question you posed: Namely, how should you, a self-described left-wing progressive and supporter of gay rights, respond if ever you find yourself sharing the locker room at the public pool with a transgender woman who still has male reproductive equipment?

You wrote: "I have no problem with trans people of whatever biology or stage of transition in bathroom stalls, but what about locker rooms, where nudity is normal? I would be very uncomfortable if I was unclothed and someone two feet away from me took off their clothes and a penis appeared."

Roz, the response from many readers can be summed up as follows: Relax. You have nothing to worry about.

John from Butte wrote, "Please tell Roz that the estimated 700,000 to 2,000,000 transgender people in the USA are using showers and locker rooms very well today just as they have for many years and she doesn't even know about it. The fact she doesn't know is proof that transgender people are discreet, sensitive and careful.

Robyn, a transgender woman from greater Richmond, said that, "Revealing the mysteries that lie beneath the surface is not something I'm even remotely inclined to consider. Until the day arrives that I am comfortable my naked appearance will seamlessly blend in with the other ladies present, you will not find me in a locker room. To do so would undermine every other effort I make to be normal.

A reader named Lindsey agreed: "As a transgender woman (albeit one beginning her transition to womanhood), I can tell you there is not one pre-op transwoman that will willingly expose herself to others in a locker room or fitting area.

Reading their emails, Roz, it struck me how obvious the answers seemed in hindsight. …

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