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A Safe Place to Pee for Everyone

Julia Eilert, Writer

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“Bathrooms are the most unsexy place ever.” Strong words from Greg Ayres, a voice actor who’s been giving advice and encouragement to struggling humans for years, about common ‘concerns’ regarding all-gender restrooms. He followed up this statement with questioning who wants to do anything in a public restroom besides pee and move on with the day. Ayres makes guest appearances at conventions and does various panels, but the “It Gets Better” panel is all his own. At a recent panel, a big subject was transgender rights and gender identity. This wasn’t the main focus, but it was a large chunk of the discussion. Ayres made great points about the issue of safe restrooms, but with the Student Physical Privacy Act concerning available bathrooms, his arguments are more important than ever.

  Non-binary and transgender people have gotten the short end of the sticks with public restrooms. By the short end of the stick I mean unnecessary violence, elaborately-planned bathroom breaks, and a cruel sense of fear. It’s a testament to how bad it’s gotten when there’s a website and an app with information regarding a safe place to use the restroom. We are so apathetic that people have been forced to look for safe places to relieve themselves! Isn’t that an outlandish idea? Despite the glaring truth that change is needed, and despite this new plan for accessible bathrooms in public schools, people are protesting. Protesting a place to pee. Darwin probably didn’t see this one coming.

  There’s no use in listing reasons why the Student Physical Privacy Act is the barest amount of human decency, or how unreasonable this opposition is. If you’re on the wrong side of this fight, there’s not really a way to make you switch your opinion. However, this law isn’t to prove those people wrong. It’s to show our fellow people that we are here for them. It’s to show that their struggling has been noticed and that changes are being made. It’s to say that you are not alone in this, and the end to this is around the corner. It’s to say that it’s going to get better.

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