In the wake of several states’ enacting laws that restrict the use of gender-specific facilities based on people’s respective biological gender at birth, Webb Simpson, a professional golfer, weighed in regarding transgender bathrooms.
With North Carolina’s passage of HB 2 – or the “bathroom law” – many businesses and celebrities have started to boycott the state. PayPal canceled their plan to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina – even though they proudly do business in 25 countries which have laws against homosexuality…go figure. Singer/songwriter Bruce Spingsteen canceled his concert in the state in protest of their “bigoted” law, saying in a statement:
“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Another prominent figure has voiced his opinion about transgender bathrooms. Here’s what professional golfer Webb Simpson – a Raleigh, North Carolina native – had to say, according to The Roanoke Times:
“I would never say anything against a person, but more just guarding against behavior,” Simpson said shortly after playing his last two holes at 2-under on Friday to make the cut at the 80th Masters. “And not even saying they’d do anything. But, again, the potential harm that someone could abuse. A man — who is a man, who thinks of himself as a man — could go one day go in and say “Hey, I’m a woman today,” and by the letter of the law he’s allowed to go into the women’s bathroom. So that’s where it gets tricky.
“As long as people focus on that people are people and that laws protect people against behavior and against people doing bad things. People just need to be careful that they say they’re not trying to discriminate against someone who is transgender, but that guy I just described who could potentially harm someone who really isn’t transgender. It seems every big organization is having to come out and say how they feel about certain things that are happening. But at the end of the day, laws are there to protect people and not change the way we define certain things.”