The Transgender Blues
If you doubt the life of a transgender person is a tough road to walk, look no further than the case of Paula Witherspoon, who last month was ticketed for “disorderly conduct” at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital for using the women’s restroom. Some idiot complained after seeing Witherspoon going about her business –– who stares that long and hard at strangers in public restrooms? –– and, despite having transition papers from her doctor, she was ticketed by an officer for the crime of acting “intentionally or knowingly for a lewd or unlawful purpose.”
Lord, give me patience with people. It doesn’t sound like the cop even knew the technical definition of “disorderly conduct.” Couldn’t he have consulted his own superiors or other Parkland officials when the transition papers were presented? A county hospital is nothing if not a diverse cross-section of humanity. I’m fairly sure Witherspoon wasn’t the first transgender woman to walk through its doors.
On the plus side, the coverage by NBC-TV Channel 5 was careful and respectful of Witherspoon’s situation, so my faith in the human race is a little less severely battered than it normally is.