Cis-gender? Transgender? Bi-gender? etc... how about male and female?Chris, what if the transwoman only had an orchiectomy (removal of testes)? Many cannot afford full SRS.
This is not directed at Chris: The poll question is interesting. First, it does not say what legal rights we are talking about. There is not one gender marker lever which instantly makes you treated as a female for all purposes.
Second, why do we only focus on transwomen? Have you seen transguys? Transmen get ruddy skin, can grow beards and may get male pattern baldness. They can develop strong muscles while taking T. Very few of them get bottom surgery because the alternatives are not very satisfactory. However, very few of them are mistaken as cis-women. Almost without exception, after months not years of T, they look and sound like short guys. I have several as friends and they are guys.
Must they go to the women's bathrooms? If not, why not?
See, e.g., Mason Davis formerly of the Transgender Law Center:
You really want him with the women?
Third, it's sad so many cis-gender people reduce the entire panoply of transgender experiences down to the simple act of going to the bathroom. It is said that we are reduced to the primal need to pee.
What do people think happens in a women's bathroom? I keep my head down, go to the stall and quickly wash my hands, okay, I will also check myself in the mirror for makeup and clothing being awry, and then I go ASAP. I live in Oklahoma and know full well that a mother with her cubs could take a bite out of me, call the cops and living here, who knows what might happen? I will often dehydrate myself if I'm driving any distance so as not to be caught needing to go to the bathroom in a rural area. The transgender counselor at the training I spoke at yesterday said it is very common for trans kids to simply not go to the bathroom all day long. They dehydrate in the morning, rush home to pee, and then hydrate at home.
We can't get past this issue. /sigh