You can see this discrimination when facilities that are gender based, like women’s drug treatment facilities or domestic violence shelters, refuse to admin trans women. There logic is often that other women will be triggered or made uncomfortable by trans women. This is what is called the “bigots veto” in the law- a policy that allows the misunderstandings or biases of a general population in a institution to excuse the exclusion of a person with a characteristic that makes hir out as different. By shaping policy around the presumed biases or beliefs of the women in these facilities, administrators and other bureaucrats are verifying those biases of beliefs and saying that yes, trans women are not really women and do not deserve access to women’s services.
Dean Spade (via radicalqueery)
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