(CNSNews.com) – The school restroom controversy is not really about restrooms at all, says Mara Keisling, the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“This is about, should students be allowed to go to school; should they be treated respectfully,” Keisling told C-SPAN on Friday morning.
“And the only kind of accommodations people have to make is putting aside their prejudices. Don’t say, I am prejudiced; therefore I believe my child is at risk.’
“Your child is not at risk from a transgendered child. You are projecting your personal feelings on that. And I know that’s going to just anger a lot of people. I don’t want to tell people ever, ever how to be parents, but don’t put your stuff on other people’s kids.”
Keisling said schools started accommodating different kinds of children starting in the 1960s:
“You know we started with racial differences, then we went to physical ability differences and learning differences, and schools know, there’s lots of different kids now, and they try to make accommodations.
“And now almost every school in the country has trans kids in it. And I don’t think most Americans understand that, but there are hundreds of thousands of trans kids.”
Keisling said transgender people have been using the appropriate bathroom for years, until some conservative politicians in North Carolina “decided to make some political hay out of this.”