…it should prob­a­bly be Buddhism.

In the face of right-​​wing fun­gel­i­cal squeak­ing about trans­gen­dered indi­vid­u­als and the bath­rooms they should or should not be per­mit­ted to use, a school in Thailand has actu­ally built a sep­a­rate WC for its trans­gen­dered students.

What I sit in awe of is not the fact that the bath­room was built; nor is it the fact that this is a school full of teens who appar­ently don’t suf­fer too strongly from homo­pho­bia; nor is it the fact that, accord­ing to a school admin­is­tra­tor, 10 to 20 per­cent of stu­dents there annu­ally con­sider them­selves to be transgendered.

No, what leaves me floored is the sim­ple fact that every­one is okay with it. There’s no yelling. There’s no taunt­ing. There’s no out­raged protest from religiously-​​retarded com­mu­nity mem­bers. There was sim­ply a need to accom­mo­date some stu­dents; the need was met; end, basi­cally, of story.

But Thailand is pre­dom­i­nantly Buddhist, and Buddhism is totally neu­tral about sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, because whom you fuck is irrel­e­vant to achiev­ing lib­er­a­tion. Transgender ques­tions would fall into that cat­e­gory as well. So Thailand never devel­oped under an insti­tu­tional hatred of gays, les­bians or trans­gen­dered peo­ple, which means that their reli­gion is not inter­fer­ing with a civ­i­lized society.

Do we even need to spec­u­late very long about what would hap­pen if such a facil­ity were put in place in a school here, in this  ever so great “Christian” nation?


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