Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Other Side of Transgender Bathrooms?

So we stopped at Walmart this afternoon, and before shopping, I excused myself to visit the men's room, all the while my wife, daughter, and son-in-law waited for me near the entrance to the store.

Much to my dismay, and hidden from their sight, was the fact that the men's room had a barricade by its entrance so that staff could clean the washroom. So I simply stood there waiting for cleaning staff to do their thing and remove the barricade for me.

Now one of the things I appreciate about my son-in-law is his sense of humour; perhaps it is because it very closely resembles my own twisted funny-bone. So as I stood there, crossing my legs and with a blank stare on my face patiently waiting to take care for some much-needed business, I suddenly receive a text message from him asking if I was confused by the "transgender sign." I know that transgender washrooms are a sensitive subject for many today, but at the time it almost created the need for another floor clean up for that poor housekeeper. The tone behind the message did strike me strangely funny.

But seriously, at least at the time of this writing, Walmart continues providing the traditional men's and women's (separate) washrooms, despite all the noise on the subject. Personally, I applaud them for that.

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