Hersheypark says transgender people free to use restrooms that correspond to gender identity

Posted Saturday, May 21, 2016 11:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Hersheypark has publicly declared its position on what type of restrooms transgender people can use. The amusement park says guests and employees may continue to use restrooms with which they gender-identify, or they’re welcome to use a family restroom.

Read more from WHTM/Harrisburg.

Related parks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:24 PM
OhioStater's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:

That's an interesting way of putting it. Here's a legitimate question.

Why do we treat is as letting the brain determine that the sex organ is wrong rather than the presence of a specific sex organ determining the brain is wrong?

I think it's because the brain is who we are. It is us. Your brain is where you live. We've always had an obsession (at times unhealthy) with separating the health of the brain with the health of every other part of the body; hence, we have people who still don't think mental illnesses exist because we by and large don't think of the brain as an organ that can get sick.

We have health, and then we have mental health.

That said, we are a long way from being able to determine specific brain differences that exist between someone who is transgender and someone who is not.

Last edited by OhioStater, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:57 PM
+1Loading
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:21 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:
Why do we treat is as letting the brain determine that the sex organ is wrong rather than the presence of a specific sex organ determining the brain is wrong?

Because one makes people feel bad and one makes them feel less bad.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

+0
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:33 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

GoBucks89 said:

I am on board for respect. But that's very different from your initial answer to LG's question.

How so? I think acknowledging that someone's physical appearance doesn't necessarily define them and choosing to respect how a person chooses to present themselves are equally valid.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

+0
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:20 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

OhioStater said:

I think it's because the brain is who we are. It is us. Your brain is where you live.

By that definition, no mental illness should exist - it's just who we are. But I know you don't believe that based on the rest of your post...which seemed contradictory to this idea.

I've always thought it was interesting that this doesn't get treated as a mental health issue - something about disassociating with your physical reality or something or other.

I pass no judgement in any case. I'm cool with people doing whatever and I think I have the posting history to back that. I just wondered what others thought on the subject and I appreciate the couple of answers I got. As usual, I seem to have gone to the place that stops the conversation because most don't want to tread there.

To me, it's the most interesting aspect of the the whole gender identity discussion.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:30 AM
+1Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:56 AM
OhioStater's avatar

But is has; up until very recently a transgender individual would be diagnosed with "gender identity disorder". Today, it's known as "gender dysphoria", but that is less of a disorder and more of a classification for different reasons beyond treatment of something that is wrong with the individual.

Homosexuality was also a mental illness 30 years ago, but thankfully the psychological world in our society understood that it's something you can't change. That is more or less where we have arrived culturally with transgender.

From the therapist's perspective, when someone has an illness/disorder (or whatever you want to call it), they:

1) have something about their reality that is causing them significant discomfort

2) they want this something to be different

3) there are steps one can take to resolve this situation

It's not a mental health issue in the sense that it is a disorder, because for someone who is transgender there is nothing you can do about it. It is a mental health issue, though, in the sense of advocacy, in that people simply need to be treated with respect, acceptance, and tolerance.

Of course mental illnesses exist, but something being abnormal is only a tiny piece of the pie of what makes something an illness or disorder.

Last edited by OhioStater, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:00 AM
+11Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:12 PM
sws's avatar

So how do you enforce these silly transgender bathroom rules? Are there perineal police posted outside the bathrooms checking out your junk before they let you go inside? And what happens to the people who have been hanging out in the waterpark all day?

+2Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:56 PM
Carrie J.'s avatar

I'm not sure why more folks aren't concerned with who is or is not washing their hands after using the bathroom. If policing is warranted, I would focus on that. ;-)

I'm not going to judge anyone's fear on the matter, but I also couldn't condone catering to the fear by keeping things the same. If public restrooms are too scary because of who may be in them, then I would support those afraid from either not using them or using the buddy system to support themselves through their fear. But in no way to me does it make sense to expect the world to adjust to anyone's fear.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

+7Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:18 PM
Jeff's avatar

Don't women only go in pairs anyway? </stereotype> <winky>


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

+2Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:37 PM
LostKause's avatar

Thanks for your post, Ohiostater. I was worried about where the topic was headed, and you said what I would have, only with much more substance. I'd Vote up your post ten times if I could.


+1Loading
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:10 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:

As usual, I seem to have gone to the place that stops the conversation because most don't want to tread there.

LostKause said:

I was worried about where the topic was headed...

Only Gonch is willing to have the tough (or "interesting" as I see it) discussions. I don't think you were the only one.

But if I wouldn't have gone there, we'd have never gotten that awesome response from OhioStater for all to see.

You're all welcome. ;)


+3Loading
Monday, May 30, 2016 11:32 AM
LostKause's avatar

Yeah. Gonch uses his evil powers for good. Kind of like Spawn, or Dr. Strange.


+0
Monday, May 30, 2016 1:16 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Dr Strange's powers were not evil!


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

+1Loading

You must be logged in to post

POP Forums - ©2022, POP World Media, LLC
Loading...