This past weekend, I had an experience I’ve never had before. One Friday, I made my way through South City Campus, heading for the women’s restroom, when I stumbled upon a sign that read, “This bathroom is for everyone.” At first, I was appalled and then irritated – I did not want a man in the same place where I relieve myself.
I did not know what was going on and it made me even more irritated. Then, I started to notice there was some sort of conference happening. It made me curious, and I knew I would have to write a story about it.
As I began doing my research and investigation, I learned that the organization, “A Family of Many: the Power of One” was hosting a conference for the LGBT community. So I began asking questions and learned that the conference was more than just unisex bathrooms – it was a place for those a part of LGBT to express their opinion and share their stories of triumph and failure.
As I listened to those who organized the event talk about its purpose, and the reason for gender neutral bathroom signs, my perspective changed on the matter.
It’s not about unisex bathrooms, but the fact that people want to feel comfortable in their own bodies.
It’s interesting when you put things into a different perspective and look at the bigger picture. This happens when you talk to people and learn they are not trying to make war, but desire the same happiness as you.
If I had gone with my initial point-of-view on this whole matter, I might still be fuming mad. But because I was willing to listen, I gained a better understanding of those who struggle on a daily basis.
I encourage you to start looking at things in a new light – learn something new about someone, and put yourself in his or her shoes. The world will love you for it.