WASHINGTON - "It doesn't make lot of sense to me. If we're going by what's on someone's birth certificate imagine THIS walking into a men's restroom," said Riley Knoxx.
Knoxx, who identifies as a transgender woman, and Jhane Fletcher, who identifies as non-binary or gender queer, joined FOX 5 to talk about President Obama’s controversial decision that ordered public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
"I think it's wonderful to have an ally - especially in the president," Knoxx continued. But in the same breath – both she and Fletcher think that the idea will meet with resistance.
Because of this reality, they say transgender safety should be a priority in every school. "I think there should be more gender neutral bathrooms overall," Fletcher added. "That would build the safety for gender-not-conforming people as well as binary-trans people."
Knoxx and Fletcher both agree that most of the resistance to the new gender bathroom ideas comes from fear. Knoxx added that the issue has been around for years but is sparking controversy now because people are becoming more aware.
"I think people should educate themselves more because there's more to worry about than someone using the bathroom and what your kids are going to think," Fletcher said.