This Dad Dropped Some Truth About Trans Bathroom Panic and It's Spreading Like Wildfire

April 20th 2016

Laura Donovan

A Texas dad is gaining widespread attention for his Facebook post that criticizes trans bathroom panic. He argues that many people use this panic to discriminate against trans people.

Steve Rudner

Steve Rudner, who hails from Dallas, wrote that he worries that many bad things may happen to his 21-year-old daughter: sexual assault because of its frequency, becoming the victim of someone else's drunk driving, and falling victim to gun violence. He is not, however, concerned that trans women will attack or bother her in the restroom, as he feels this fear is unfounded.


"I don't worry about her being attacked in a restroom by a trans woman because (a) it has never happened; and (b) trans women are the most victimized group of people I've ever met, and the least likely to commit a crime of indecency in a restroom, because they are afraid of getting beat up when all they want to do is pee," Rudner wrote.

As a parent, he doesn't fear that his daughter will be rude to trans people, as he and his wife raised her to treat others well:

"And here is something else I don't worry about: I don't worry about my daughter being cruel and inhumane to trans men, women or kids, because my wife and I have raised her to have values and because she is a kind person. There are things to worry about. and then there are things people want you to worry about to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate. Wake up."

Rudner's message has been shared more than 2,300 times as of writing this post, and many showed appreciation for his sentiment in the comments:


Rudner's post follows the recent approval of North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month. Under the law, transgender people have to use restrooms and locker rooms in schools or government buildings that fit with their biological sex rather than their gender identities. As ATTN:'s Alex Mierjeski previously noted, trans bathroom panic is "just one of the many ways the transgender community faces discrimination on a regular basis."

While some people say transgender people pose risks to others in bathrooms, transgender individuals are, in fact, extremely vulnerable to attacks and hate crimes themselves. According to Advocate.com, at least nine trans women have been killed so far this year, and 21 trans women were killed in 2015.

[H/T Mic]

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