Toilets, Transgenders, and Property Rights

7 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2016

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Robert W. McGee

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting

Date Written: June 9, 2016


The North Carolina legislature passed a law that prohibits transgender individuals from using certain public toilets. The legislation has been controversial. Some entertainers have stated they will not hold concerts in North Carolina until the law is repealed. Some corporations have been critical of the law, and at least one corporation has decided not to open a facility in North Carolina because of the law. This article examines the issue of the use of public toilets by transgenders and applies logic and ethical theory to arrive at a resolution of the problem that does not involve the violation of anyone’s rights.

Keywords: transgender, rights, gay rights, LGBT, toilet, restroom, North Carolina, rent-seeking, sex, sexual orientation, discrimination, sports, athletes, segregation by sex

JEL Classification: A13, B53, B54, D63, D72, D86, H42, I18, J15, J16, J7, K11, K12, K20, M14, P14, P26

Suggested Citation

McGee, Robert W., Toilets, Transgenders, and Property Rights (June 9, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Robert W. McGee (Contact Author)

Fayetteville State University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Fayetteville, NC 28301
United States


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