- Heath Fogg Davis: Without access to public bathrooms, we cannot be in public
- Privacy and safety can be achieved design that aims to eliminate gender identity discrimination, he writes
Heath Fogg Davis is associate professor of political science at Temple University, and was recently appointed to Philadelphia's Mayoral Commission on LGBT Affairs. He is the author of "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?" (New York University Press). The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The Trump administration's decision to repeal guidelines put in place by the Obama administration concerning transgender students' bathroom access both misunderstands the gravity of the civil rights issues at stake for transgender youth (as well as transgender school staff and visitors) and underestimates how easy the so-called transgender bathroom problem would be to solve. Many people assume that sex-segregated bathrooms are necessary, but they are not, even in schools.