A disturbing incident involving a man, citing a new state rule that allows 'transgender' persons to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing, has generated outrage and protests in Seattle.
NBC's King 5 reports:
It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30pm Monday February 8. The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women's locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”
Although he didn't verbally identify himself as transgender, he justified his presence in the locker room under a new rule that allows transgendered individuals to choose which bathroom they want to use. And apparently after the first incident, the man wasn't done:
No one was arrested in this case and police weren't called, even though the man returned a second time while young girls were changing for swim practice.
If you're a woman or a young girl who felt fearful over the man changing in front of you, no worries. It might have just been a “protest move,” KIRO 7 reports, although they have little proof to back that up:
... the man who used the women's locker room at the Evans Pool did not identify as a woman nor as a transgender person. The move may have been more of a protest against the new rule.
What's fascinating about this story is that - protest stunt or not - it doesn't appear anyone was particularly alarmed about a man gaining access to unsuspecting women in the pool locker rooms except for the women themselves. The staff merely asked the man to leave, yet he later came back to the locker room once again, unimpeded by staff, as young girls were changing.
The police weren't called. In fairness, there may be a reason for that. Perhaps they were worried about being sued by the man if it turned out he really did claim 'transgender' female status. Again, from KING 5 (bolded emphasis added):
As far as policy to protect everyone, Seattle Parks spokesman David Takami says they're still working on the issue. Right now, there's no specific protocol for how someone should demonstrate their gender in order to access a bathroom. Employees just rely on verbal identification or physical appearance, and this man offered neither.
Establishing such a protocol, however, could create more issues than solve them, which is exactly what transgender laws do. But let's play devil's advocate for a minute. As we've been conditioned to believe ('to avoid gender stereotypes') by the LGBTQ community, who is to say a specific style of dress automatically denotes a person's 'gender identity'? Why shouldn't a man who doesn't always dress as a woman but still 'identifies as a woman' be able to dress as a man when he wants to and still claim 'transgender' status at public restrooms?
Furthermore, why is “verbal identification” even required? What if a person who is 'transgender' is uncomfortable talking about it to the pool staff and believes they should have the right to enter the bathroom of their choosing without saying a word to anyone? Should we really put the burden of asking these questions on the staff?
How they choose to respond to these situations will ultimately be a lawsuit waiting to happen. If they don't allow a legitimately 'transgender' person into the changing facility of their choosing, there will be a lawsuit. But if they do, and it turns out the person really isn't 'transgender' and ends up hurting someone - and there are countless examples of this happening, as noted before in a previous piece on this topic - you can guarantee there will be a lawsuit.
It's interesting. From progressives, we read often about the “need” for so-called 'safe spaces' at our places of work, the colleges we attend. At the same time, they tell us that “women's rights” are under assault and that we need to fight back. Yet they are waging that very war on women's rights, removing the bathroom as a safe space with their unreasonable and dangerous demands for these types of 'transgender laws' on public accommodations.
Which brings us back to square one. What about the safety, security, and comfort of the women and young girls who use the facilities that correspond with their actual gender? The Seattle Parks and Rec department tries - but fails - to be helpful in this regard (bolded emphasis added again):
“This didn’t seem like a transgender issue to staff – someone who was “identifying” as a woman,” Takami wrote in a statement to KING 5. “We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities.”
Except for women and young girls, apparently.