There is nothing more abhorrent in our society than willful ignorance, which I would define as the state of being ignorant of other lifestyles, cultures and religions despite that fact that we all have the ways and means of educating ourselves and making ourselves more enlightened at the click of a mouse.
A lot of what can be defined as “bias” and “prejudice” can be boiled down to a fear of the unknown and the quickest and easiest way to get past that fear is to make the unknown “known”. Unfortunately, there are far too many people who remain biased and prejudiced even after they are presented with reliable information, or reject it all together, and therefore remain willfully ignorant.
There is another type of ignorance, however, which I would define as blind ignorance. A perfect example of blind ignorance is racism. Two other types of blind ignorance are homophobia and transphobia which those who suffer from blind ignorance often define as deviant behaviour.
Many homophobes and transphobes often base their “objections” to gays and transsexuals on their religious beliefs, or to be more accurate, on their interpretation of the Bible. Rather than go down that rabbit hole, I will stick to the issues of gay and trans rights in a secular society.
I will start by stating unequivocally that I believe we are all born with our own sexuality. Some of us are born heterosexuals, some of us are born homosexual and some of us are born bisexual. No one suddenly decides to be gay. Sexual attraction is inherent in us all. It is also not a “learned” behaviour. You can not teach a heterosexual to be a homosexual, no more than you can teach a homosexual to be heterosexual. The human condition doesn’t work that way, and if you think it does, then you are the deviant.
The reason I bring all this up is the attempts being made by some people to ban transgender individuals from school washrooms, or any washroom for that matter. The common argument you hear in this debate is that it could be used as an excuse for sexual predators to seek out and entrap potential victims.
It is the same argument that was made to try and ban gays and lesbians from public washrooms. Fortunately, in the case of the latter, it is basically impossible to tell the difference between who is gay and who is straight.
You’re also assuming that everyone who is gay is constantly on the lookout for someone to have sex with, which is beyond ridiculous. Homophobes who are worried every gay person they come into contact with automatically wants to make out with them really needs to get over themselves. Gays are no more attracted to them than heterosexuals are.
Transgender individuals identify themselves as being of the opposite sex than they were born with. They want to use the same gender-specific bathroom they identify with, as well they should.
And if your son or daughter feels uncomfortable because a trans individual is using the same washroom as they are, then the blame is on you the parent for not teaching your child to be more understanding of differing lifestyles. In other words, for allowing them to be as willfully ignorant as you are.