Michelle Ye Hee Lee | Washington Post | April 26, 2016
“You’ve got the Obama Education Department suing to try to force junior highs to let teenage boys shower with teenage girls. That’s crazy.”
–Ted Cruz, interview with Glenn Beck, April 21, 2016
The national debate over transgender rights is centered on whether or not transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify, or that was assigned to them at birth. The bathroom issue has pitted advocates of transgender rights against those who believe expanding transgender access to bathrooms threatens individual right to privacy. Cruz supports the latter.
What further complicates this issue is that when Cruz and others who oppose transgender rights refer to the person’s biological sex, not the one with which the person identifies. “Transgender” is the umbrella term for people who identify with a gender that does not match their biological sex. A transgender boy is born as a girl. A transgender girl is born as a boy.
It’s important to note that it is Cruz’s opinion that transgender teenagers should be referred to by the gender that matches their chromosomes — even though this is not the norm with transgender labels. So when Cruz says “teenage boys,” he is talking about high school students who look, dress, identify and live as girls and are treated as girls by their families, classmates and administrators.