A sign posted in a synagogue restroom tells people exactly what to do if someone sees someone who doesn’t appear to conform to the gender marker on the door – and a photo of it is going viral.
Posted on Sunday by @ETori, the tweet has been retweeted over 3,800 times and received nearly 37,000 likes. Reading “In the restroom of my parents’ synagogue”, the photo shows an impression of the panel.
“We are respectful,” reads the sign with nine triangular photos of a diverse group of people. “If you’re in a public restroom and you think someone’s gender doesn’t match the sign on the door, follow these steps,” he continues.
The first step is “Don’t worry. They know where they belong.” There are no further steps.
Although @ETori didn’t reveal the name of the synagogue in question, they did say it was in the Midwestern United States in a follow-up tweet.
The panel was originally created by the Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The college posted the sign in campus bathrooms. The committee explained its reasoning on a website about the sign, saying everyone has the right to use public restrooms without worry.
“Trans or gender non-conforming people may experience staring, threats, harassment or even violence when they simply try to pee. Some choose to ‘hold back’. physical and mental health,” the committee said. wrote.
Some states have proposed what are colloquially known as “toilet bills,” which seek to ban transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity. However, bills like these have had consequences against the states that passed them.
In 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, one of the first “toilet bills” in the United States. As a result, the NCAA boycotted the state, refusing to hold championships there. The ban lasted until 2017, when the law was repealed. If the law had remained in place, North Carolina would have lost $3.76 billion in business by 2028, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
Despite the relatively quick repeal of the North Carolina law, other states attempted to pass similar bills. In 2017, Texas’s proposed bill failed to pass after costing the state more than $200 million in bad publicity, according to a report by Texas Competes, a group of business leaders from around the world. ‘State.
write for NewsweekDallas Ducar, founding CEO of Transhealth Northampton, shared the danger of transphobia.
“It’s time to act to save our right to self-determination. Everyone has a deep relationship to gender, not just the transgender population. Gender expression is about freely expressing an aspect of one’s identity, whether it’s whether straight, gay, cisgender, transgender, or anywhere in between. This freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution, so it’s no surprise that two-thirds of Americans and majorities within every political ideology and of every age group oppose these laws,” Ducar wrote.
“The more we rely solely on politicians to discuss the importance of trans rights, the more we risk political polarization around minority identity. Instead, depoliticizing gender is essential – to get politicians out of our toilets – and to highlight how -determination is fundamental to our fundamental rights – to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Ducar continued.
Most of those who responded to the original tweet supported the sentiment shared by the sign.
“In other words: let people live,” @ezreedr wrote.
“Let my people go! To the bathroom,” @EvanGrayM added.
“Omg I was so ready with total outrage and then… yay!” @tweetersaidwhat replied.
Newsweek contacted Humber College and @ETori for comment.