A few years ago while sitting in an Austin midtown hotel restaurant, I observed a very interesting reaction on the part of almost every man in the place. A low wall separated the tables from the main hall leading back to the convention rooms.
A group of four tall very attractive young women walked past, confident and beautiful in tight causal business attire. Every man’s neck almost snapped turning toward them as conversations were suspended in mid-sentence and quiet whistles exhaled. The women’s entrance was a showstopper for sure.
I smiled. What dummies we men are sometimes, especially when not thinking with our brains. An older woman with short gray hair guiding the group looked over at me and nodded. Still smiling, I got up and approached the group greeting each one. A quick glance back revealed dumbfounded looks on many of the men’s faces — probably thinking, how does that older guy rate?
The young women asked to visit the restroom before presenting at our conference. Into the women’s room they went. After their excellent, heartfelt panel, they left. Again, more men gawking.
The topic of their presentation was living as transgender people. I did not know any transgender people — and still don’t that I am aware of. They told their struggle of discovery, coming out, rejection, often by family members, suicidal thoughts, sometimes surgery and finally acceptance by an unknowing society.
My guess is that many of the legislature, male dominated, would have eyed the women with lust as well. Some would have rushed to the restroom if the woman had been forced by Texas law to use the men’s room. Then what? Should priests be banned from men’s rooms?
In an effort to further divide our country, the alt-right is attacking anyone different than them through government intervention. They campaign on smaller government platform, yet when they gain more power it is a different story.
Women’s bodies are controlled by them, children’s health care is cut, and the poor are socially engineered.
Now in addition to transgender folks, Texas business owners and taxpayers will pay the price of bigotry and hate.
Well, there aren’t too many gypsies in the United States, so I guess plan B is to strike at those transgender people. At least the president will know not to grab the groin of a woman walking into the men’s room.
P.S. Save your hate emails, I am a 67-year-old privileged white male. I am empowered to be pompous, always correct and exempt from having my facts ever questioned. Right Pres?