Bathrooms in North Carolina have become a lightning rod for transgender rights across the country with the passing of a law that, in part, requires people to use only public bathrooms that correspond with the sex they are assigned at birth.
Sarah McBride, a 25-year-old transgender woman, decided to take action against the law.
“Here I am using a women’s restroom in North Carolina that I’m technically barred from being in,” she writes. “They say accepting me as the person I have fought my life to be seen as reflects the downfall of a once great nation.”
She lists some of the terms that underscore the mounting hysteria around transgender women who use the women’s restroom — “pervert,” “man dressed as a woman,” a “threat” to children, “confused,” and “dangerous.”
“I’m just a person,” she writes. “We are all just people. Trying to pee in peace.”