ACLU Demands ‘Feminine Hygiene Products’ in Men's Restrooms for Transgenders
American Civil Liberties Union claims discrimination against trans people
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has demanded that men’s restrooms include feminine hygiene products to prevent “menstruation-related discrimination" against transgender and “non-binary” people, according to reports.
The ACLU says their goal is to achieve “menstrual equity,” whereby feminine menstrual products are accessible to all, including biological women who claim to be men and use men’s restrooms.
The ACLU said in a statement:
"While free menstrual products are not uniformly provided in women’s restrooms, they are almost never available in men’s restrooms, even for pay."
The union asserted that failure to provide menstrual products in men's bathrooms is “sex discrimination.”
“Men’s restrooms are also less likely to have a place to dispose of these products conveniently, privately, and hygienically,” ACLU adds.
The liberal organization states:
"Some arguments that challenge discriminatory laws based on sex-linked characteristics have made the point that 'only women' menstruate, get pregnant, or breastfeeding.
"But that is not a full or accurate portrayal — and menstrual stigma and period poverty can hit trans and non-binary people particularly hard."
Additionally, the ACLU claims taxes on menstrual products result in items being less “accessible and affordable."
The argument echoed Planned Parenthood’s claim that birth control must be “free” in order for it to be available to all women.
We don’t need to erase trans or non-binary people to show that barriers to menstrual equity, such as the tax on menstrual products, are unconstitutional sex discrimination.— ACLU (@ACLU) December 18, 2019
Our discussion of the tampon tax must include every person who menstruates.https://t.co/surqfIcK1e
The organization stated:
“Constitutional law scholar and dean of UC Berkeley Law Erwin Chemerinsky recently co-authored a Los Angeles Times op-ed proposing that the failure of states to exempt menstrual products from sales tax — the tampon tax — amounts to denial of equal protection under the Constitution."
ACLU also promotes its “Menstrual Equity Toolkit,” saying it “provides advocates with key arguments and materials for advancing menstrual equity through legislation.”
Earlier this year, Neon Nettle reported that transgender bathrooms in schools had left girls "too afraid to use the restroom" over fears of bullying, sexual harassment, and "period shaming," a women's rights group warned.
A growing number of schools are moving to eliminate separate sex facilities because they are not inclusive and can lead to bullying of "gender fluid" students.
Some school girls have now resorted to avoiding using the bathrooms due to cruel taunts from boys and a lack of privacy and dignity, campaigners argued.