Gender bender: UTC opens first transgender restroom

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a disturbing report about UTC: The college has opened a transgender restroom. It’s located in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s new library.

Kelsey Weaver, who heads the Student Senate’s Social Issues, Equity and Diversity Committee, drafted the resolution that called on UTC to establish gender-neutral restrooms on campus so that “gender nonconforming and transgender students” would feel “safe and comfortable.”

UTC spokesman Chuck Cantrell said two other single-occupancy, gender-neutral restrooms are in the works: one at the University Center and another at the Aquatics and Recreation Center.

As a former UTC student and member of the Student Senate, I’m dismayed by UTC’s pandering to this made-up demographic. The college has long been ultra-liberal, so perhaps it should come as no disguise.

I call transgender a made-up demographic because that is true. God established two genders: first man, and then woman. You can read this in the book of Genesis. A public policy like this is one result of throwing God and the Bible out of public education.

When I say all this, I am not speaking out of hate. I am speaking out of concern for the hurt these people are experiencing. We should love these transgender people, who are lost and hurt and confused about their identity, but we should not enable them. We must speak the truth so they have a chance to learn who they are. They are creations of the Living God of the Bible, who loves them and wants them to be the people He created them to be, not to be what society tells them it is trendy and cool to be. Instead of finding themselves, they are losing themselves.

via UTC opens first gender-neutral restroom with 2 more planned in nod to transgender students | Times Free Press.


2 thoughts on “Gender bender: UTC opens first transgender restroom

  1. Hey, what’s up. My name is Jefferson Hodge. I am the president of Spectrum, the LGBT organization which fought for these restrooms.

    Here’s some statistics about a big ol’ study on transgender people:

    78 percent of survey respondents who suffered physical or sexual violence at school (attempted suicide).
    65 percent of respondents who experienced violence at work.
    Over half of those who experienced harassment or bullying in schools.
    57 percent of those who reported that their family chose not to speak/spend time with them.
    69 percent of those who had ever experienced homelessness.
    60 percent of those who reported a doctor or healthcare provider refused to treat them.
    57-61 percent of those disrespected or harassed by law enforcement officers.


    I quote that because my group has a lot of trans* members and, because I have eyes and ears, I know the tremendous suffering they experience.

    Our organization pushed for these restrooms for 2 years, at nearly all times opposed by certain members of the administration.

    Here’s the deal, friend. Read those stats deep and then let’s talk about hurt. It is the hurt created by social conditions maintained by those who seek to marginalize their identities. The violence is facilitated by the idea that there is something wrong with transgender people. This idea creates the broken homes. The broken bodies. The broken lives.

    These traumas are constructed, enabled, and allowed by people exactly like you.

    But read those statistics. There’s nothing trendy or cool about transgender peoples lives but they’re trying to live nonetheless. Ultimately, we wanted to make one tiny thing a little better for transgender students. You wanted things to be worse. I’m glad we won and you did not.


  2. Jefferson,
    I respect you for the care and concern you have for these people. They are people, and deserve to be loved. Like you, I care about these people. I do not want them to be harassed by people who disagree with what they are doing. I’m a parent. I would not disown my child for choosing this lifestyle; I would tell them I don’t agree what they’re doing, BUT I would tell them I love them and will be there for them unconditionally.

    Sometimes love is saying that a person is doing something that is not right. God gave mankind rules to live by, not for the sake of having rules, but to protect us from harming ourselves and others. God wants to live in relationship with us. That’s why He created us. He enjoyed spending time with Adam and Eve. But they sinned and distorted God’s perfect creation. God will one day set all things right.

    In the meantime, He calls us to live by His rules as best we can. We will fall short, but that’s why He sent His son, Jesus, to atone for our sins. Jesus took all our sins on Himself because we could not. God does not want us to die for all eternity because of our sins. Jesus told us that He is the only path to Heaven. We must accept Jesus as our savior, or we will not receive eternal life.

    I am not perfect. I am a sinner. My only hope for salvation is Jesus. I ask you to read the book of Matthew, chapter 5, in the New Testament.

    Thank you for loving the LGBT community.


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