I confess that I haven't read every article related to the use of restrooms by transgender people, but I need to make a few comments.
If someone is a transgender female, I presume that this person will be dressed as a woman. If so, it is obvious to me that this person could not enter the men's room to go to the bathroom. In the ladies' room there are booths, and I would never have any idea of what goes on there. How could someone even know if it is being used by a male dressed as a female?
It is not hard to imagine that through the years, there have been men dressed as women who have had to use the ladies' room, and I am sure that they have not been discovered because they've been quiet and simply did what they came in for.
A recent letter writer pictured a very chummy and sociable public restroom, and I will say that I almost never have visited one like that. At most, there might be a comment or two about the inevitable line at a concert, but we all don't join in, and someone with a deep voice would most likely be quiet then.
As for the fear that a man might deliberately dress as a female simply to enter a ladies' room to prey on the occupants, I say that all of this publicity might give someone an idea he never would have had, and that without the sex-change part, something like this could be done at any time, anywhere by someone intent on doing so.
I don't see that this issue has anything to do with responsible government, or women's rights or anything else. It seems a matter of common sense to me — that a peaceful person who wants us to perceive him as a woman, and goes to great lengths to create that image, should certainly be able to go to the bathroom without worry and anxiety.
Alice Rohart, BaltimoreCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun