Transgender People Deserve Dignity and Respect

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If this act passes, he will be forced to use the female restroom due to him being female at birth.

If this act passes, he will be forced to use the female restroom due to him being female at birth.

Since the lesbian, bisexual and gay male community has largely been mainstreamed into American society and is no longer a viable wedge issue for social-conservative groups, they have discovered a new menace to help them raise money in their attempts to feel important in society, the transgender community.

2013’s AB 1266  scared the “traditional values” advocates in our state because they’re deeply uncomfortable with the idea that there are transgender young people in our schools.  Now that the general public has become more accepting, these transgender youth are emerging at younger ages, and they do deserve a right to an education free of discrimination and harassment.

The recently passed AB 1266 led to an outcry because of provisions allowing restroom and changing room access to those students led to an attempt to overturn AB 1266 that was rejected, barely.  Since they lost the fight against transgender youth they decided to go after all transgender people in public accommodations that are in government facilities.

It took over a year for the proponents to regroup, where they bring forth a new campaign to get the 365,880 signatures by the end of December.  Since people are not as likely to know a transgender person in their lives as a homosexual person it will likely be easier for them to use fear of the unfamiliar to get these signatures.

caitlyn jennerThe Personal Privacy Protection Act brought to you by Calvary Chapel Chino Valley and the Pacific Justice Institute aims to make your biological sex the key to using public facilities.  For some people biological sex does not match their presentation and it is going to basically criminalize being transgender in public society.  Both workers and customers would be forced to submit to the mandates of traditional gender identification even if a government such as Palm Springs does not believe in this new regulation.

People unfamiliar with transgender folks are always expecting the worse. People do deserve a safe place to do their business when it comes to using the restroom. Just like 99.8% of the population, transgender people just want to do their business in peace like the rest of us without such mandates. It would be unacceptable to send someone who looks like a woman to go to the men’s restroom and face harassment and peril.

I thought conservatives were against the lawsuit culture.  Yet, if this act passed, any individual who feels the government violated it could sue for damages for not policing their public facilities properly, and that would lead to another mandate that taxpayers cannot afford. It’s likely that government would need to hire private security to make sure that one’s plumbing matches the description on the door that states male or female.   Or should government government facilities just get rid of public restrooms?

Regulations such as this act will only lead to creating more hysteria, violence and discrimination to a marginalized population. The proponents have previously targeted a Colorado transgender teen in 2013 saying that she was harassing other students, but in fact it was transphobic parents who were harassing her, and creating more fear and prejudice for an unsafe school environment.  Planting stereotypes that transgender people are predatory is the only way that the proponents believe they will win the argument.

Even if the Personal Privacy Protection Act is passed, the federal Department of Education will fight hard against schools who fail to provide a safe nondiscriminatory learning environment for students where they previously intervened for a student in Arcadia, California in 2013. It’s highly likely this act would be challenged in court. And on a future June 26th the Supreme Court will likely declare this act null and void.

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