This photo of a transgender girl is raising concerns over North Carolina’s bathroom law
If the girl in the photo above was your daughter, would you feel comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom?
This is the question being asked by Meg Bitton, a photographer who is taking a stand against a new legislation in North Carolina that insists the transgender community must use the bathroom that reflects the gender written on their birth certificate.
The little girl in the picture is 14-year-old Corey, a young model who identifies as female.
With permission from Corey’s parents, Meg posted her photo along with a truly important message that she hoped would open the eyes of those who still don’t fully understand how the controversial law has affected the trans community.
Meg said: ‘If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom? Neither would I.
‘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.’
The post was liked by over 40,000 people and shared by 27,000, many of whom were incredibly supportive of the message Meg was trying to send out.
One commented: ‘You are just as much a girl as I am. Keep being courageous and standing up for not only yourself but for others like you. I admire your courage.’
Another said: ‘We’ve all been sharing restrooms with gay, lesbian, bi, trans and gender diverse people forever! So obviously SHE should use the female restrooms. It’s not a choice, it’s who you are.
‘If you can’t see this, then maybe it’s YOU who needs your own bathroom!’
While most offered words and encouragement, a few left negative feedback. Meg, however, refuses to read it.
She told Mashable: ‘I never like to read anything on my page that’s so negative toward another human. I don’t like really to host that.
‘I appreciate and I think that the family appreciates all of the positivity and the support surrounding it, and everybody just sort of tries to block out the negative the best they can.’