Carson: Transgender people should get their own bathroom

November 5, 2015

By Angela Moon

Just days after voters in Houston rejected an ordinance allowing transgender people to choose the bathroom of their choice, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested creating transgender bathrooms.

In a live interview with Jorge Ramos from Fusion on Facebook, the retired neurosurgeon said “it is not fair” for transgender people “to make everybody else uncomfortable,” and therefore, they should have their own bathroom.

New York gay activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) immediately responded to Carson’s comments.

“Ben Carson’s hateful comments are out of touch and all candidates should immediately make clear that they disavow his dangerously transphobic views,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

Carson’s remarks came just two days after Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, voted against a measure that have would banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was backed by outgoing Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city, and local business, while prominent Republicans and Christian pastors rallied against the proposal also know as HERO.

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“How about we have a transgender bathroom?” Carson responded when Ramos asked him about the rejected ordinance.

Carson added: “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.”

On Monday, the U.S. government found that a Chicago suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student and gave the school a month to provide full access to girls’ locker rooms or lose federal funding.

Ramos’ full interview with Carson is available on Ramos’ official Facebook account

(Additional reporting by Melissa Fares)


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He’s a stupid man and watching paint dry is more exciting than listening to his drivel.

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Carson speaks common sense so of course he is maligned and attacked.

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