The biggest argument for “bathroom bills” was destroyed by this study

by Emma Ockerman
September 12, 2018


One of the main arguments behind so-called “bathroom bills” — which restrict a transgender person’s public bathroom usage to the gender on their birth certificate rather than whatever aligns with their identity — just took a major beating.

Researchers at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, a think tank focused on gender identity, released a study Wednesday showing there’s no statistically significant evidence behind the charge that transgender bathroom access and bathroom-related crimes are related.

Because Massachusetts passed an anti-discrimination law that some say threatens public safety — and are now trying to overturn in a ballot initiative— the researchers zeroed in on restroom crime reports in the state before the anti-discrimination provision was adopted.

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