A portrait of a young trans girl has gone viral on Facebook in response to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT ’bathroom bill,’ which prohibits transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity.
Gov. Pat Pat McCrory claimed he was “respecting privacy” when he signed HB 2 into law, not realizing it would effectively force actual men to use the women’s room and vice versa.
But some trans people, including Corey Maisen in the photo below, are fighting back by putting a face on the cause.
“If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom?” the photo’s caption reads.
It was posted by photographer Meg Bitton, who added, “Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.”
The photo was liked over 65,000 times in three days and garnered over 15,000 comments, many of which are distressingly transphobic.
In an addendum to the post, Bitton said she grappled with the idea of deleting it over the hateful comments, but was inspired by Corey and her mother to keep the post up so it could continue raising awareness.
“It is impossible to moderate this post, try as we may,” Bitton wrote. “I want to delete it as badly as I don’t want to delete it. I decided to let Corey’s mother make that call and she asked for it to stay to raise awareness so it will.”
On Corey’s personal Facebook page, she even shared a meme destroying the entire concept of HB 2:
Brava, Corey! You’re going to do great things with this life, we can tell.
h/t Gay Star News