From Opposing Views‘s OPINION: Maryland Gender Identity Bill Endangers Women and Kids:
Women and children will face one of the greatest threats to privacy, safety and security that Maryland residents have ever known with the passage of a “Gender Identity” bill now before Maryland House and Senate legislators.
The proposed law adds a broadly defined category of “gender identity” to the state’s existing anti-discrimination law. Because the bill’s broad definition of “gender identity” includes “expression and behavior,” men are not required to have undergone a sex change operation. The Maryland Retailers Association has purportedly agreed to allow men to enter women’s bathrooms.
“The effect of this bill is to give special rights to men who want to dress like women, but completely disregards the safety of vulnerable women and children,” notes Ruth Jacobs, M.D., president of Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government. “Restrooms and showers will be opened up to cross-dressing or female affirming men thereby allowing undressing in front of women and children in a woman’s locker room.”
…”If it is not dropped, then exemptions similar to the Baltimore City law stating ‘It is not discrimination for any person to provide separate toilet facilities for males and females’ and other exemptions as signed by [then mayor and now] Governor Martin O’Malley should be included.” …
How appropriate is it for the name of the Opposing Views website to post an opinion piece like this one? I know I couldn’t be more opposed to their conclusions.
But, to my point about what’s wrong with the fears expressed in this opposition piece about bathroom predators — Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government needs to be able to tell us exactly how many predators across the nation have crossdressed and entered women’s restrooms to do harm to women and children. Their argument needs statistics, and this organization doesn’t have ’em.
If Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government can cite some real world examples that back why their fears should guide public policy, I’d like to see these examples. So far, all I see from the organization is arrguments that seem to be based on irrational fears.
* White Male Privilege & Women’s Fear Of Crime Intersecting With Gender Expression & Public Restrooms
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* Always With The Bathroom; Always With The Misrepresentations
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* A Further Update: Why A Commission Is Investigating The Suspension Of A Trans Student
* The Ambiguous Feelings About Peeing In Public Restrooms
* The Predator Argument Doesn’t Work With Transgender Fifth Graders
* Kevin Moore’s Take On Colorado’s “Bathroom Police”
* If Dr. Dobson Were King, We’d All Be Wearing Depends
* The Non-Trans Woman Thrown Out Of A NY Women’s Restroom Sues
* Outing #2: When You Endanger A Child For The Sensationalism Of It
* Latest Attacks Of Teh HomoSEXual Agenda’s Transgenderededs’s Bullet Points