There are few public policy disputes as willfully distorted as the debate over public restrooms and gender identity. Conservatives warn of opportunistic “bathroom predators”; specifically, cisgender men donning women’s clothing to exploit gender-neutral bathroom policies and sexually assault women. The left trivializes the debate as a patently obvious matter of civil rights — as if disagreement exists only because of a Republican obsession with genitals and restroom usage.

Conservatives are closer to the truth.

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