Stacey Dash, an actress and Fox News contributor, recently said that transgender people should not be allowed to use women's bathrooms because of her child's safety, and instead relieve themselves in bushes (video below).
Dash made her comments during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on June 1 while promoting her new autobiography.
Dash was asked about her skewering fellow conservative Caitlyn Jenner in her book, and said:
She's saying she wants to go into the women's bathroom, she's a woman now going into the women's bathroom. It's tyranny by the minority. Why do I have to suffer because you can't decide what you wanna be that day? ... It's your body. So, it's your decision, right? We all make choices.
When Dash was told that transgender people don't believe it's a choice to be transgender, she replied:
OK, then go to the bushes. I don't know what to tell you, but I'm not gonna put my child's life at risk because you want to change a law so that you can be comfortable with your beliefs, which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No.
Dash didn't say specifically how transgender laws would endanger her child, but this type of bathroom predator talking point has been used by many conservatives who oppose transgender rights.
In response to the argument, MediaMatters.org noted in April: "Law enforcement experts and people who work with victims of sexual assault have called it 'beyond specious' and 'the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.'"
"There have been zero proven incidents in the more than 17 states and 200 cities where transgender people are currently protected from discrimination and allowed to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity."
In a separate interview with People magazine this week, Dash said that she used a gun to save her own life from an abusive ex-boyfriend who allegedly stalked her 25 years ago.
Dash, who went on to have a child with another man, recalled her ex: "He had a gun to my head and I thought, 'My son is in that crib right there. No you are not going to do this. My son's life was more important to me than my own.'"
Dash said that when her ex left and returned, she fired several rounds at him.
"I wanted to kill him, but it scared him away," Dash said.
"A gun saved my life," Dash added. "That's why my Second Amendment right will not be taken away from me."