Carson under fire for transgender bathroom remarks

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Ben Carson’s call for transgender bathrooms has LGBT advocates up in arms, with some comparing the proposal to the segregated bathrooms African-Americans were forced to use before the civil rights movement.

The Republican presidential candidate suggested Thursday that transgender people make “everybody else uncomfortable” when they use public restrooms, during an interview with Fusion. His solution was to create a third bathroom in public buildings for transgender people.

“How about we have a transgender bathroom?” Carson said.

“It’s not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable,” he added. “It’s one of the things that I don’t particularly like about the [LGBT] movement. I think everybody has equal rights, but I’m not sure that anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else.”

The Human Rights Campaign blasted Carson for what it sees as his “transphobic views,” pointing to comments Carson made earlier this year that being gay is a choice.

“Ben Carson’s hateful comments are out of touch and all candidates should immediately make clear that they disavow his dangerously transphobic views,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “Ben Carson can’t go a week without invoking reckless and irresponsible stereotypes about the LGBT community, and his suggestion that transgender people be required to use segregated bathrooms echoes an ugly past our country should never revisit.” 


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