Most people who read this blog have likely already heard about the Macy’s employee who was fired for not allowing a transgendered woman to use the women’s dressing room. The amazing thing to me is that conservatives are making this a religious issue.
For anyone that hasn’t follow the story, here is a detailed summary at Gawker, but the basic story is that a transgendered teen was shopping with some friends and tried to use the women’s dressing room, but Macy’s employee Natalie Johnson decided that she was a man and could not use the women’s room. In the Gawker article, she even says she “made sure to keep a close eye out on him because he was shopping for women’s clothing”, and she knew that she was going to have to be a very watchful Dressing Room Police Officer in order to prevent any gender disasters from occurring.
Ok, so I hadn’t written about this because it sounds like a standard case of insensitivity, right? Educate the employee on some trans issues and the Macy’s policy around them, and we can all probably move on, right?
Wrong bitches! It’s actually all about Jesus, don’t you see?? That’s why Matthew Staver, founder of the Liberty Council, has been going around giving quotes to media outlets and appearing on Fox News in order to educate Americans on the Jesus’ poignant Dressing Room Prophecies. Apparently there is a passage in Deuteronomy that says cross dressing is an abomination, but I honestly don’t care enough to quote it. I’m just amazed that conservative Christian activists think that which dressing room a trans woman uses is even worth their time. Presumably this is a less blatant version of the bathroom scaremongering that men are going to prey on children or something, but who knows. It’s kind of a pathetic statement about institutional religion in America because really all that their agenda seeks to accomplish is humiliating lots of transgender people.
Video of the righteous fighters on Fox News in which they all make sure to call the trans woman “he”:
(creepy image via Joemygod)