Just weeks after the Charlotte City Council passed a law that would have made it legal as of April 1st for anyone claiming 'transgender' status to walk into the bathroom, restroom, or locker room of their choosing, the North Carolina state legislature struck it down after calling a special session:
Critics [of the Charlotte law] focused on the ability of transgender people to use the bathroom or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity. So did [Republican Governor Pat] McCrory, Charlotte's mayor for 14 years.
The resulting legislation went further. Now cities, towns and counties can't pass anti-discrimination rules beyond a new state standard. And public schools, public college campuses and government agencies must require bathrooms or locker rooms be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex.
Governor McCrory signed the new bill into law just hours after its passage:
Naturally, the state ACLU, and other similar left-leaning groups are “considering” the possibility of taking legal action.
In this writer's view, the Governor and the state legislature took the appropriate (and legal under the NC Constitution) steps to protect women and children based on legitimate safety concerns that have been outlined in this post, and others.
But seeing as this issue is probably far from over, I do have some questions and general comments specifically for Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts (D), who pushed the “bathroom bill” in the first place; NC Attorney General (and now candidate for governor) Roy Cooper (D), who up until recently has reluctantly commented on such bills but who ultimately condemned the state legislature's actions in a video Wednesday night; and for proponents of the original Charlotte legislation in the first place.
1. The 'sexual predators' opponents of transgender bathroom bills worry about aren't actual transgender persons themselves, but rather those who would masquerade as such in taking advantage of these laws to gain legal access to women and children to do them harm.
2. The “sexual predators are going to get access to women and children with or without transgender bathroom laws” arguments used by proponents of such legislation willfully and dangerously ignore how things have worked in the past under existing preventative laws. In the past, a man seen walking into a women's locker room would prompt immediate suspicion, leading to security and perhaps law enforcement becoming involved before an assault could happen. The Charlotte law and others like it essentially make it so that any man - whether a transgender 'woman' or a man lying about it - can simply claim that status and walk in on women and children without being hindered by staff or security.
It's already happened.
So if a man wants to hurt women or children, he could waltz right in and do so, and by the time anyone figures it out it could be too late. But I guess the loss of the right for women and children to have their safe spaces and privacy respected is a small sacrifice to make in the interest of political correctness, not hurting feelings, and “diversity”, right? War on women, anyone?
3. Mayor Roberts, I'd like for you - as a woman - to explain to Charlotte women and young girls, especially those who have been victims of sexual assault, how they are supposed to react when a naked man joins them in the gym shower? Or half a dozen naked men? Should these women be alarmed, fearful? Or will their understandable alarm and fear, something that is instinctive in all women from an early age, be classified as “bigotry” by leaders like yourself and other advocates of these types of bills?
If they end up being sexually assaulted - again - would you sleep better at night knowing that “at least the perps will be prosecuted” even though it was YOUR actions as a city leader that gave the predators access to vulnerable women and children in gym showers in the first place?
4. For Attorney General Cooper, would you do me a favor please? Since this has now become a campaign issue, I'd like for you to look into the camera at your first debate against Governor McCrory and tell concerned North Carolina wives, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters that their fears of sexual assault or rape in a gym shower or a bathroom are totally unfounded because “we already have laws that can put these people behind bars.” And then explain to them why preventative laws designed to protect transgender persons are more important for the future of this state than preventative laws designed to protect ALL citizens, men, women, children from harassment and harm.
5. Where is the push for compromise? Why isn't anyone talking about a solution that has the potential to make everyone happy? I outlined it at my own site a couple of months ago, and it revolves around city and state leaders providing tax incentives to businesses that add unisex accommodations in addition to the traditional male/female two restroom set up. No mandates, just tax incentives. And then after that, let their customers decide the fate of the business based on what they decide to do or not do. In other words, let the free market work. Novel, eh?
That is, unless the entire 'transgender access' movement is all about forced acceptance and compliance. If so, I and many others will not submit willingly. Because when it comes to a woman's right to safe spaces and privacy for herself and her children, many of us will choose to stand up and fight every time. My body, my choice, right?
For a religious and cultural perspective, please read Shelby, NC pastor Rit Varriale's take.