Take a look at the image of the little girl below. If you were her parents, would you send her into a men's bathroom? That's a version of a viral question Meg Bitton asked her photography page's followers on April 26.
"If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men's bathroom?" Bitton wrote. "Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated."
Bitton, a photographer, posted the images of the girl, Corey, with her and her mother's permission. Corey models and Britton felt the need to stand up for her client after the recent North Carolina law, HB2, went into effect. The law dictates people must use the bathroom that correlates to the gender on their birth certificate — Corey, who clearly identifies as a cis-girl, included.
"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," she wrote.
The post currently has over 17,000 shares and, as the internet works, both supportive and inhumane comments. Britton wrote that she struggled between deleting the post and keeping it up, but ultimately, asked Corey's mom to decide.
She wanted to keep it up.
"She asked for it to stay to raise awareness so it will," wrote Bitton.
Bitton, and her fierce mom-and-daughter friends, join the transgender community, Target and other small businesses, celebrities and an extremely woke redneck who have all taken a stand against the discriminatory legislation.
Corey's image is a striking way to show that we've all been sharing bathrooms with trans folks for years, without even realizing it. In other words, it's no big deal. But regardless of whether they have transitioned or not, people should be able to use the bathroom they feel most comfortable with.
As Revelist's news reporter Rae Paoletta pointed out, there's never been a reported incident of a trans person attacking someone in a public restroom. In fact, trans and gender non-conforming people are the ones frequently assaulted and intimidated by cis people.
We know the answer to Bitton's question. Do you know yours?