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A Broadway show had the perfect musical response to the ridiculous bathroom debate.

Going to the bathroom can be controversial these days.

Photo by Kinky Boots/Facebook.


Across America, a furious debate over who belongs in which restroom continues to rage.

It's a debate that's raised some hard questions.

Photo by Kinky Boots/Facebook.

Should states pass laws regulating who can pee where? How should those laws be enforced? Should ordinary Americans patrol public restrooms checking IDs? Would these bathroom vigilante squads be volunteer or would there be some kind of draft? Doesn't confronting a perfect stranger in a restroom for no good reason immediately make you the weird one?

Meanwhile, trans people, most of whom just want to be left alone to pee in peace, wait patiently while America makes up its mind.

Thankfully, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, and the cast of the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" just recorded a fantastic music video with some sage advice:

GIF by Kinky Boots/Facebook.

It's not just informative, it's also catchy as hell. Do yourself a favor and take a listen:

Because seriously. Who cares where anyone pees?

Photo by Kinky Boots/Facebook.

Personally, when I'm in a bathroom stall, I'm not ... terribly focused on what anyone else is doing — quite the opposite, actually; please don't tell me what you're doing adjacent to me in the bathroom — much less what gender they are or what their genitalia looks like.

Call me ridiculous, but I don't think I'm alone here.

Despite claims to the contrary, no one is getting hurt by laws that protect trans people's right to use the bathroom that reflects their gender identity.

GIF via Kinky Boots/Facebook.

The number of sexual predators who have taken advantage of anti-trans discrimination laws to prey on people in bathrooms is virtually zero.

Male, female, genderqueer, transgender — we all want the same thing.

To be able to pee without nosy people telling us we're doing it wrong.

With any luck, America's legislators will start to get the message.

Photo by Kinky Boots/Facebook.

All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

I have plenty of space.

This article originally appeared on 04.09.16


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This blind chef wore a body cam to show how she prepares dazzling dishes.

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Christine Ha competes on "Masterchef."

This article originally appeared on 05.26.17


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Brendan Fraser dressed as Rick O'Connell.

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Let us not forget his arguably most well known and beloved 90s character—Rick O’Connell from the “Mummy” franchise. Between his quippy one-liners, Indiana Jones-like adventuring skills and fabulous hair, what’s not to like?

During a double feature of “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns” in London, moviegoers got the ultimate surprise when who should walk in but Brendan Fraser himself, completely decked out in Rick O’Connell attire. The brown leather jacket. The scarf. Everything.

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Gordon Ramsay at play... work.

This article originally appeared on 04.22.15


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What I realized about feminism after my male friend was disgusted by tampons at a party.

"After all these years, my friend has probably forgotten, but I never have."

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It’s okay men. You don’t have to be afraid.

This article originally appeared on 08.12.16


Years ago, a friend went to a party, and something bothered him enough to rant to me about it later.

And it bothered me that he was so incensed about it, but I couldn't put my finger on why. It seemed so petty for him to be upset, and even more so for me to be annoyed with him.

Recently, something reminded me of that scenario, and it made more sense. I'll explain.

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