The Huffington Post’s Jae Alexis Lee claims that one in ten transgender people have been sexually harassed or assaulted in the past year, and almost as many were denied access to a bathroom. There would be a national outcry if the general population was harassed at this rate, notes Lee, whose sources highlight the huge level of distress and anxiety that bathroom-related interactions cause transgender people. Lee writes that a pervert using transgender bathroom laws to assault the opposite sex is nearly unheard of. The daily suffering of transgender people heavily outweighs that caused by such occurrences, according to Lee.
According to an op-ed at Socawlege, while sharing a bathroom with transgender people may benefit a small group, this trade-off would negatively affect the rest of the population. As transgender people are still a small minority within the US, changing bathroom laws would inconvenience everyone else, adds Socawlege, which also infers that many non-transgender people would suffer distress due to sharing toilets with the opposite gender. Individuals of opposite sexes could end up in the same intimate space when drunk, leading to victims being more defenseless and perpetrators more aggressive, according to Socawlege.