Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Public Restrooms as Gender Identity Battlegrounds- FROM EDGE PUBLICATIONS

Link to my story at EDGE PUBLICATIONS
In spite of any laws on the books, the transgender individual, the feminine man, the butch lesbian or anyone who expresses gender identity and subsequent appearance that runs counter to what society sees as normal can find the most common act of a human being--using a facility to relieve oneself--a humiliating experience. And public restrooms can present the most difficult challenges that can lead to perilous situations and even arrest.

It is in this most mundane of spaces--a place where individuals relieve themselves, wash their hands and muss with their hair--where unwritten, unspoken social mores and traditional views of gender are challenged

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