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Transgender kids vs Co-ed Locker Rooms

The state of California recently passed a law that stated that a child can choose which restroom or locker room to go to based on whether he or she sees himself/herself as male or female. Therefore, a child who is physically male can choose to go in the female restroom if he sees himself as female - and vice versa. This pertains to restrooms, locker rooms and even sports teams. I have not seen a definition of how they determine whether a child is truly transgender or simply curious. This poll isn't to debate the validity of Transgender children or adults. It's to investigate the possible implications of the policy on modesty standards among children. For convenience sake, male pronouns are used for children with male anatomy and female pronouns are used for children with female anatomy.

Your age

5% (12) Less than 10 yrs
6% (16) 10-12 yrs
25% (59) 13-15 yrs
10% (25) 16-19 yrs
18% (44) 20-29 yrs
11% (27) 30-39 yrs
10% (24) 40-49 yrs
5% (13) 50-59 yrs
5% (13) 60-69 yrs
0% (1) 70+ yrs

234 voters have answered this question.

Your physical gender

74% (173) Male (I have a willie)
25% (60) Female (I have no willie)

233 voters have answered this question.

Your psychological gender

56% (130) Male (and I have a willie)
5% (13) Male (and I wish I had a willie)
20% (47) Female (and I have no willie)
17% (41) Female (and I have a willie)

231 voters have answered this question.

Location?

16% (39) Northeast US
8% (19) Southeast US
10% (24) Midwest US
12% (29) Southwest US
4% (11) Northwest US
5% (13) Western US
7% (18) Canada
0% (1) South or Central America
15% (36) Western Europe
5% (13) Easter Europe
0% (2) Middle East
1% (3) Far East
0% (0) Africa
4% (11) Australia/Pacific Islands
0% (0) Antarctica
5% (13) A Galaxy Far Far Away

232 voters have answered this question.

I have not seen a rule as to how a child is determined to be transgenered. It appears that the only definition is how the child is feeling today. How should a child be characterized as transgender and therefore permitted to use the opposite sex facilities?

18% (42) A professional psychologist or counselor must certify that a child sees himself or herself as transgener
4% (10) The parent or guardian must make the decision prior to the school year beginning
16% (39) The child must make the decision prior to the school year beginning
0% (2) The teacher must make the decision at the beginning of the school year based on his or her impression of the child
40% (94) This is a delicate issue that can only be decided by the student on a day to day basis. The student should make the decision based on his or her feelings on that specific day.
19% (44) Transgender is not an issue. Children should use the facilities based on their physical anatomy, not their psychological gender.

231 voters have answered this question.

If a transgender boy is permitted in the girls restroom, should any other accommodations be made?

83% (196) No. He is simply going to the restroom like any of the girls.
5% (14) Yes. Girls should not be permitted while he is using the restroom
7% (18) Yes. A female adult must supervise
2% (6) Yes. A male adult must supervise

234 voters have answered this question.

If a transgender girl is permitted in the boys restroom, should any other accommodations be made?

79% (187) No. She is simply to the restroom like any of the boys
3% (9) Yes. She will have to use the toilet rather than the urinal
5% (12) Yes. Boys should not be permitted while she is using the restroom
7% (18) Yes. A male adult must supervise
3% (8) Yes. A female adult must supervise

234 voters have answered this question.

Should a transgender girl in the boys room use the urinal?

14% (33) No. She should use the toilet.
52% (121) If she wants to use the urinal, she may.
33% (77) Yes. If she feels that she is a boy, she should use the urinal just as a boy would even if this means removing her clothing so they do not get wet.

231 voters have answered this question.

If a transgender boy needs to dress out for PE in the girls' locker room, should any accommodations be made?

81% (188) No. He should change clothes with all the girls.
8% (19) Yes. Girls should not be in the locker room when he is changing and he should not be in the locker room when the girls are changing.
3% (9) Yes. A male adult must supervise while he changes with the girls.
6% (14) Yes. A female adult must supervise while he changes with the girls

230 voters have answered this question.

If a transgeneder girl needs to dress out for PE in the boys locker room, should any accommodations be made?

81% (188) No. She should change clothes with all the boys.
6% (16) Yes. Boys should not be in the locker room when she is changing clothes and she should not be in the locker room when the boys are changing.
6% (16) Yes. A male adult must supervise while she changes with the boys.
4% (10) Yes. A female adult must supervise while she changes with the boys.

230 voters have answered this question.

If a transgender boy needs to shower in the girls locker room, should any accommodations be made?

80% (184) No. He should shower with all the girls.
8% (19) Yes. Girls should not be in the locker room when he's showering and he should not be in the locker room when the girls are showering.
4% (10) Yes. A male adult must supervise while he showers with the girls
6% (16) Yes. A female adult must supervise while he showers with the girls.

229 voters have answered this question.

If a transgender girl needs to shower in the boys locker room, should any accommodations be made?

80% (185) No. She should shower with all the boys.
8% (20) Yes. Boys should not be present when she showers and she should not be present when the boys shower.
6% (16) Yes. A male adult must supervise while she showers with the boys.
3% (8) Yes. A female adult must supervise while she showers with the boys.

229 voters have answered this question.

As I understand it, transgender does not necessarily mean homosexual. What should be done if a transgender boy becomes visibly excited while changing or showering with the girls.

6% (15) He should be removed, since this proves he is not truly a transgendered boy.
51% (120) It should simply be ignored. All boys have this occur periodically.
4% (11) He should be given a private place to relieve himself.
36% (85) He should relieve himself in the locker room in front of the girls.

231 voters have answered this question.

What should be done if a boy or group of boys become visibly excited while a transgender girl showers with them?

5% (13) The transgendered girl should be told to leave
48% (111) It should just be ignored, since this is natural and should be expected when a girl is showering with a group of boys.
5% (12) The boys should be required to go somewhere private to relieve themselves
41% (95) The boys should relieve themselves in the locker room even though the girl is present. This is part of being a boy.

231 voters have answered this question.

If it is up to the individual on a daily basis to determine if he or she is transgender and can therefore use the opposite sex facilities, how likely do you think it will be that a girl will pretend to be transgender so that she can go in the boys locker room?

46% (104) Being transgender is difficult and no one would pretend to be so just to see someone nude.
20% (45) 10% of girls would do so
8% (19) 25% of girls would do so
7% (16) 50% of girls would do so
2% (6) 75% of girls would do so
14% (32) Virtually all girls would do so

222 voters have answered this question.

How likely is it that a boy will pretend to be transgender so that he can go in the girls locker room?

36% (81) Being transgender is difficult and no one would pretend just to see someone nude
8% (18) 10% of boys would do so
9% (22) 25% of boys would do so
6% (15) 50% of boys would do so
8% (18) 75% of boys would do so
31% (71) Are you kidding. Hormone driven boy has a chance to shower with nude girls. All boys would choose to do so

225 voters have answered this question.

One of the reasons this law was implemented in California was to reduce bullying by allowing transgender students to use the facility they felt most comfortable using. Since the very act of making that choice puts the child in the spotlight, would you favor having fully co-ed restrooms, locker rooms, and showers so that everyone is on an equal footing and to reduce the chance of transgender children being bullied?

25% (60) No. The genders should be separated.
74% (171) Yes. That makes sense.

231 voters have answered this question.

If you believe that students would routinely pretend to be transgender in order to visit the other gender's locker room, would you be in favor of having fully co-ed facilities since that's essentially what would be happening anyway?

32% (71) No. Punish those students who misuse the system
67% (148) Yes. Students will be doing it anyway, so the facilities may as well be co-ed.

219 voters have answered this question.

What would you tell your daughter if she came home from school and told you that a transgender boy was going to be showering with her?

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108 voters have answered this question.

What would you tell your son if he came home from school and told you that a transgender girl was going to be showering with him?

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105 voters have answered this question.

What would you tell your children if they informed you that all locker room facilities including restrooms and showers would be co-ed?

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104 voters have answered this question.

Any other comments on this issue

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56 voters have answered this question.

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37 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2013-11-05 21:02:17 by OddR
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