A reader writes: “I am currently a student at University of Illinois Springfield, and I am taking a policy class. We have to write a policy and the policy that I have chosen is the Transgender Civil Rights Act for Illinois.
“With the passing of the Equal Marriage Opportunity Act it seems like the next logical step. What my question is, and I am asking because I am having a hard time finding information, is what is the main reason transgender people get arrested? I have heard that it was for using the bathroom that did not coincide with their sex.”
I don’t know the answer, but that seems like a real possibility.
There are other factors that might come into play, however. I think that, because of prejudice by law enforcement, trans people are probably arrested with more frequency that non-trans people for similar crimes, so that has to be taken into consideration.
In addition, because trans people probably commit the same amount (percentage-wise) and the same types of crimes as non-trans people, we might have to look at the main reason that trans people get arrested that has to do with being trans versus the main reason trans people get arrested overall. These might be two different reasons. I’m just not sure.
Are there legal experts out there who can shed some light on this? Thanks in advance!