U.S. Representative Ted Yoho, a Gainesville Republican who thinks that only property owners should have the right to vote, is apparently a little scared of transgender equality.
In a cringe-worthy YouTube video posted June 4 (which we came across via Florida Politics), he said he thinks transgender individuals using facilities corresponding to their gender identity rather than their sex at birth is basically the same thing as letting someone decide they want to be a dog and pee on trees.
"If I feel like a dog today and I want to urinate on a tree outside, can I do that because I felt like a dog?"
At this point, Yoho perhaps might shoulda stopped.
"I mean, that's kind of where we're going," he said. "Boys are boys, girls are girls. And the ones that are in between, you know, I'm [going to] be real insensitive, but there's bathrooms that have both men and women on them. It doesn't have to get involved in the...national debate."
He then was asked whether laws banning trans people from using bathrooms corresponding to their gender are really necessary, given that they've been doing so for years without anyone noticing or caring.
Basically, the U.S. Constitution offers us all inalienable rights and even protects us from things like discrimination (!).
"But don't push your religion on me and I won't push my..." he said, trailing off.
So, after drawing a comparison between trans people and dogs (nothing against dogs, we love them possibly more than humans, but what a childish oversimplification of the issue) he implies that being trans is a religion.
Which is wrong.
You know what religion is? A choice.
So is not willing to step outside the narrow, cumbersome box you call your comfort zone.
Being trans? Not a choice.