What To Do About Toddler Terror

It’s true: You’re more likely to be attacked by a toddler with a gun than a transgender person in a restroom

You may have seen this point made in the context of a meme: More people have been killed by toddlers in the United States this year than by terrorists. This happens to be true and verifiable with actual data. It’s also true that toddlers have killed more people than transgender people have attacked cisgender people in our public bathrooms.

Let’s look at some specific statistics:

As far as I can tell, yes, that’s zero transgender people *ever* — which is pretty amazing when you think about it. Perhaps that’s because transgender people actually prefer to keep to themselves in public restrooms. You know to maintain their privacy. There’s plenty of data to prove that, too.

In fact, transgender people are much more likely to be the victims of assault.

But who would many of our political and religious leaders have us fear? If we don’t have any rational reason to fear the average toddler, we certainly don’t have any reason to fear transgender people. (And we should consider the threat of terrorism and shark attacks in the context of real data on the subject, too.)

Far right-wing activists used similar “bathroom panic” fears of unisex bathrooms to prevent the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. It worked at the time. Thankfully, we seem to be making real progress in learning about our transgender friends in the 21st century. So let’s not be so gullible as to fall for these irrational, fear-based arguments this time around. If we do, we’re just allowing politicians to pull the same old levers they pulled in the past in order to scare up enough votes to keep themselves in office.

If you see people spreading transgender panic on via social media, point them to actual data like this. Because transgender people are far more likely to be physically harmed due to this rising fear and the spread of transphobia. And that’s a verifiable fact.

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