Outside US, trans kids' toilets often not a federal issue

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Feb 24, 8:27 AM EST

DUBLIN (AP) -- Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys' restrooms at school - because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn't make a federal issue about where children do their business.

As Donald Trump and U.S. courts seek to make transgender use of toilets an American battleground in schools , the more progressive corners of Europe and Latin America are shaking their heads in bewilderment. From Tipperary to Tierra del Fuego, schools let children go to the bathroom that suits their identity, a trend that could be reversed if the bitter U.S. debate travels overseas.

"What happens in the U.S. has a cultural impact here, and it's scary," said Catherine Cross, Lucas' mother, who helps Irish schools nationwide set policies on how to support transgender students. "There's always going to be people who are frightened of change. It could give them license to shout louder when they see what's going on in the States."

The right of transgender students to use restrooms in keeping with their own identity has become an afterthought in Norway and Argentina, where the world's most far-reaching laws allow children to have their sexual identity reversed on their birth certificates, passports and other official identification without any formal medical diagnosis. Acceptance of identity from age 6 onward is the order of the day.

More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_WORLD_TRANSGENDER_STUDENTS?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME

 

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Hey Charlie, you beat me to the punch! Just now I was going to post this article too!!!

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"As Donald Trump and U.S. courts seek to make transgender use of toilets an American battleground in schools , the more progressive corners of Europe and Latin America are shaking their heads in bewilderment. From Tipperary to Tierra del Fuego, schools let children go to the bathroom that suits their identity, a trend that could be reversed if the bitter U.S. debate travels overseas."  --AP

Yeah, for such an allegedly world-leading progressive country, the U.S. is about the most up-tight, anal-retentive, prudish country in the world.  It seems that the U.S. has not yet emerged from the Victorian era despite the advances in technology, science and in other areas.  No doubt because the U.S. is considered a world leader, and is emulated by so many other parts of the world... the attitudes and actions of this country's politicians and bigots will be a poison to other countries.  All we have to do is look at what happened to one or two countries in Africa after one uber-ultra-far-right-conservative-homophobic maniac convinced them that homosexually had to be stamped out at all costs!

 

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Well from being bigots with rest of the world following in footsteps is totally another issue.

As far as toilets are concerned for transgender folks in rest of the world, there aren't any toilets to go to, like countries such as India,  one simply uses whatever means necessary.

 

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