Rhea Butcher's Tweets About Her Bathroom Fears As A Nonbinary Person Should Be Required Reading

"And this law is about KIDS. Children. Little tiny people. Forced to enter a space that scares them. Told by adults they are wrong."

Large swaths of the American public have come out in opposition to the White House's decision to rescind federal guidelines protecting transgender youth against discrimination in schools. School districts vowed to uphold trans students' right to use restrooms according to their gender identity, and advocates, family members, and other regular folk took to the streets to express their solidarity with the transgender community. 

But the administration's decision has strong support among those who buy into the political rhetoric surrounding people who don't fit into traditional ideas of gender. Politicians who fought for bathroom bills — including Vice President Pence during his time as Indiana governor — argue that they are protecting women and children by preventing trans women from using female restrooms, but according to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign, there's no evidence that supports the idea that these fears to be justified.  

On Thursday night, comedian Rhea Butcher took to social media to share her experiences with restrooms as a nonbinary person.


In a string of tweets, Butcher detailed her terror at public bathrooms since childhood, when an adult confronted her in the women's bathroom because her appearance — "I had a chin length bob hair cut and a too big Batman shirt and some 'surf' shorts my mom made for me. Slip on fake Vans." — did not fit into the conventional idea of what a girl looks like. 

To this day, Butcher said people are often confused when seeing a transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary person like her in gendered restrooms. "We have to hide or edit or confront. Eyes everywhere. Every. Single. Day."

Read all her tweets below:


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