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This Transgender Girl is Making People Rethink Bathroom Laws

Honestly, she should NOT have to use the men's restroom.

"If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men's bathroom?"

This was the question posed by New Jersey photographer Meg Bitton when she posted a picture of transgender girl to her Facebook page, this week. Bitton is taking a stand against much-protested North Carolina's "bathroom bill" by showing the world exactly who the law affects, including 14-year-old model Corey Maison.

"Corey Maison is transgender. She was born with male anatomy but identifies as a female. Under the new laws, SHE would be forced to use the men's room," Bitton posted, accentuating the use of correct pronouns. 

 

Original Post: If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men's bathroom? Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Second Post: I guess I need to edit this post. Corey IS TRANSGENDER. Third Post for those STILL not able to understand: If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men's bathroom? Neither would I. Corey Maison is transgender. She was born with male anatomy but identifies as a female. Under the new laws, SHE would be forced to use the men's room. Therefore, I would not be comfortable sending HER into the men's room if she was my daughter. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Fourth Post: Corey helped with her make up AND I edited the image FOR her, the way SHE would like it. Not for me and certainly not for any of you. Fifth Post: It is impossible to moderate this post, try as we may. I want to delete it as badly as I don't want to delete it. I decided to let Corey's mother make that call and she asked for it to stay to raise awareness so it will. PLEASE BE ASSURED that I do not in anyway support the trolling insanity I am seeing here and I VERY MUCH appreciate all the positivity around Corey as does she AND her family.

Posted by Meg Bitton Photography on Tuesday, 26 April 2016

 The post received over 60,000 reactions and was shared more than 35,000 times, proving that Bitton's image hit home for many Facebook users. The comments below ranged from ignorant trolling to warm support of Corey and her parents. 

“Corey is beautiful and if she were my daughter I would fight for her rights,” one user wrote.  

“I for one have no issue whatsoever with transgenders using the bathroom that correlates with the gender that they identify with. Everyone has the right to use a bathroom,” said another. 

Despite campaigns like this one and boycotts from companies like Disney and performers like Bruce Springsteen, the bill remains firmly in place. But hopefully seeing young women like Corey will help other laws from being passed. 

Rachel Weeks

I'm originally from the Chicagoland area, but I recently moved from beautiful Des Moines, IA to the equally beautiful Denver, CO. I spend my days reading, binge-watching TV shows, performing and listening to comedy and, of course, writing.

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