Thursday 3 March 2016

Correcting a falsehood

The state’s Human Rights Commission wants to be clear: A new rule allowing transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity does not permit men to undress in women’s locker rooms. The agency sent out a news release Friday responding to a recent incident in which a man undressed in a women’s locker room in Seattle. According to the news release, the man refused to leave, citing the state’s new rule about transgender restroom access, but he never identified himself as transgender. State officials said the man’s behavior isn’t permitted under the recent regulation approved by the Human Rights Commission. The new rule, which took effect Dec. 26, says transgender people in Washington can’t be forced to use a restroom or locker room that is inconsistent with their gender identity. Opponents of the rule have said the policy threatens the privacy of women and children, while providing cover for sex offenders who might want to enter locker rooms to prey on members of the opposite sex. On Friday, the Human Rights Commission characterized the man’s actions in the Seattle locker room as an attempt “to make some kind of misguided point” about the new state rule and “to make the women and girls in the restroom upset and uncomfortable.” “His behavior is inexcusable and reprehensible. And it is absolutely not protected under the law,” said the news release from the commission’s executive director Sharon Ortiz. “Men cannot go into the women’s locker room, as this man claimed he had the right to do,” the news release said. “Only women – including transgender women – can go into the women’s locker room.”
News Tribune

They believe their own propaganda, you see.

A Seattle, Wash. community is in uproar after a man undressed in the women’s locker room at a local pool, seemingly to test a new rule that allows transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity, according to King 5 News.
An unidentified man wearing board shorts walked into the women’s bathroom of Evans Pool, in the heart of Seattle, on Monday evening.
The women inside the locker room at the time attempted to kick him out, but the guy refused and said “the law has changed and I have the right to be here.”
Expect to see this example used and re-used on Right Wing sites. They couldn't find any actual example of any of the horribles they claim giving Trans people equal rights would cause, so they have to manufacture them.

It's not the first time this has been done.


Unknown said...

Simple answer yet not brought up in papers or TV reports. I questioned the same as his act was definetly against the law. Thanks for response Lady.

Sasha Birman said...

Another faslehood, " while providing cover for sex offenders who might want to enter locker rooms to prey on members of the opposite sex."

There are jurisdictions in the US, where the law has been in force in the last 45 years, there is not one instance of this ever happening. I have been using the ladies room, for the last 30 years, and have never seen or heard of that happening!

WSR Photography said...

Interesting they use the State's HRC rules, but neglect to mention the State of Washington laws defining gender identity for legal documents which would be used to define a "transgender" person, requiring the individual prove they're under medical care for their transition. Cross-dressing is defined as gender presentation separate from gender identity, but often used to be inclusive in the definition of "transgender" for accessing bathroom, but not locker or similar rooms. But neither classes protects the individual from their conduct in a restroom or locker room.