Jenner, who still has a penis and is technically a man, could have peed in the restroom whether Trump like it or not.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio settled the issue in March. He signed an executive order allowing transgenders to use restrooms that correspond with their male or female identity in all public buildings, including schools.
It was a non-issue that had nothing to do with Trump’s position. But Caitlyn apparently took a page out of Kim Kardashian’s playbook to milk the event for attention and publicity.
Trump outlined his position on transgenders and bathrooms last week in a “Today Show” interview, coming down on the side of civil libertarians. He was responding to a question about a controversial North Carolina law.
The law forces transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds with sex listed on their birth certificate, regardless of how they identify or whether they’ve had a sex change operation.
“This toast actually started in a bathroom,” said Jenner in a speech acknowledging her inclusion in the Time 100 list of most influential people.
“Actually, bathroom issues right now in my life seem to be in the forefront. On that issue I just want to say also, one little trans woman walking down the street had to go, I looked up and who did I see but the Trump Tower. Last week, Donald Trump said I could use any bathroom I wanted in the Trump Tower. So of course, I veered right in there and took care of myself. I obeyed all the rules, I promise you. I didn’t throw any feminine products down the toilet and it actually worked out quite well. It was very good.”
de Blasio, a Democrat, spelled out city policy at a Mar. 7 news conference at the Chelsea Recreation Center. “This is about affirming the right of someone to follow through on their own identity,” he said.
New Yorkers have an “obligation” to lead the nation on gender issues, he added. “New York City is the birthplace of the fight for LGBT rights, and we continue to lead in that fight so every New Yorker can live with dignity.”
Conservative and right-wing evangelicals have seized on the issue, claiming such provisions violate a person’s right to privacy. They claim such laws could exposing young girls to older men in changing rooms, Family Policy Institute of Washington.
Transgender advocates hailed de Blasio’s order as a major victory in the nationwide fight to gain public recognition and acceptance for transgender individuals.
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