WKU students attend "Bathroom Bills" open forum

Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 10:10 PM CDT
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"Bathroom Bills" are making headlines across the country.

Tuesday night, a group of students at Western Kentucky University embraced the discussion in an open forum.

The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility had their "Third Tuesday Tea" Tuesday where they discussed the "Bathroom Bills" that have been put in place in states like North Carolina and Mississippi.

The law states that a person has to use a bathroom or other 'gender-segregated' facility based on the gender on their birth certificates.

"Anytime you go to the locker room, the bathroom, when you move into college in the dorms, when you get your driver's license, that's what you have to use," Program Support Coordinator of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Andrew Salman said.

Salman said the Bathroom Bills make people who are transgender out themselves.

"I look like a woman or man, but I was born and assigned a sex that was different. that opens them up to be discriminated against based on the prejudices of a lot of people."

The biggest misconception about the Bathroom Bill is that it's meant to keep everyone safe.

"Transgender people are subject to acts of violence and sometimes those take place in spaces like bathrooms. But most of all it tells people that they are different and that is not okay," WKU Associate History Professor, Dr. Patti Minter said.

WKU professor Dr. Patti Minter says the bills are creating a solution to a problem that does not exist.

"And strikingly similar to discrimination laws of a previous century, that everyone would dismiss as horrible and a regrettable part of the American past," Minter added.

They say that a way to make everyone feel comfortable is putting in gender neutral bathrooms, which Bowling Green already has.