Here is a nicely written op-ed piece by Jane Eisner that puts into perspective some of the irrational fears that are prompting these anti-transgender bathroom bills.
She concludes it brilliantly by stating:
"So let us not deny the safety of transgender people because we are in more pervasive denial about the violence against all women that persists — indeed, seems to be expected — in our society. Civil rights legislation like this is a necessary first step in becoming a more inclusive and tolerant nation, but we need deeper conversations about what really underlies our fears and about the genuine threats to our safety. Like I said, we have to talk"
You can read the short article here.