You’d think, reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and movies, that the whole world is turning gay, or if not gay, then identifying with a different gender. You’d think this is so widespread that clearly the United States would need to completely change its laws, redefine terms and ensure civil justice! After all, we did it for black people, who represent about 14 percent of the population. Why would we not do this for LGBT people who represent 15 percent? Twenty percent? Right?Wrong.
This just shows you how amazingly well the LGBT lobby has done to elevate its cause. You really want to know what percentage of the U.S. population is LGBT? LESS than FOUR percent.
And here’s the real kicker. Guess which state has the highest LGBT population in the country. WASHINGTON D.C. Approximately 10 percent of your nation’s capital belongs to the LGBT community. More than double the national average. Only Hawaii comes close with 5.1 percent.
Here’s the full chart so you can see where your state stacks up. And bear in mind that percentage isn’t just “gay” it’s “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” all wrapped into one.
So, as the nation (and specifically the state of North Carolina and the Department of Justice) engage in a judicial civil war over bathrooms, it is perhaps appropriate to get a little perspective.
First of all, as I’ve mentioned before, transgender people have been among us for DECADES! Where have they been pooping all these years? I’m quite certain they’ve been able to quietly relieve themselves without anyone knowing. Why is this a problem all of a sudden, now?But this is the one fact that continues to drive me absolutely bananas. The transgender population in the United States is MINISCULE. Zero point 3 percent of the United States. Why is this a “pivotal moment” for our nation? Why must this be shoved down all of our throats when Christians can’t even pray in public?
Now a genuine concern for many parents is that pedophiles dressing up as women will lie in wait in restrooms for young children.Thankfully, only about 4 percent of the population is believed to have those sorts of urges (though that’s 133 times the size of the transgender population), and 70 percent of reported abuses involve an offender who knows the child, including relatives.
What about adult rape? Well, according to several studies here and here, over two-thirds of all rapes occur in someone’s home, 31 percent occur in the perpetrators’ homes, 27 percent in the victims’ homes and 10 percent in homes shared by the victim and perpetrator, 7 percent occur at parties, 7 percent in vehicles, 4 percent outdoors and 2 percent in bars. Not to trivialize the situation, but there appear to be no statistics for assaults in department store restrooms.
We have so many important things to worry about in our nation right now. And no, I don’t believe transgender persons should be discriminated against for jobs or housing or anything else. But if you’re all dressed up and living your life as a gender other than your personal plumbing indicates, I just don’t see why you can’t simply quietly go about your business as you always have, in either the men’s or the ladies’ room – depending on what you’d most like to be.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of Do I Need To Slap You?]