Campaign Updates

One Year Later – Issues with Bathroom Law Unresolved

 

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One Year Later – Issues with Bathroom Law Unresolved

Saturday, September 30, 2017

WOBURN — One year ago today, women and children in Massachusetts were forced to forfeit their rights to privacy in order to indulge the sexual “dysphoria” of others.  The 2016 “Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act” was sold to the public as necessary legislation to protect transgendered individuals from being kicked out of restaurants, hotels and hospitals. 

What the citizens of Massachusetts weren’t told was that there were only a handful of allegations of such denial of access to public accommodations and that those claims were already covered under state law.  What changed on October first of last year was access to bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and changing facilities.  It is now a potential criminal civil rights violation for a woman or young girl to object when a biological male undresses next to her in a public facility.  This is not progress for our Commonwealth.  We should not require women to sacrifice their privacy for the sake of sexual charades. 

Unfortunately, this is exactly what we’ve seen happen in the last year.  In December, a woman was photographed by a man lurking in the ladies’ room of a T.J. Maxx in Plainville, MA.  When she asked employees for help, they seemed torn regarding what to do. Do they call the police, and risk being brought up on hate crimes charges?  Or do they protect themselves and their employer by looking the other way and side with the man over the frightened woman?  The law is now weighted to benefit those who would violate private spaces. How many cases go unreported? 

Before the new law even took effect, state bureaucrats were already threatening to force Massachusetts churches into violating their beliefs by requiring them to allow cross-gender bathroom access.  After an embarrassing lawsuit, the Attorney General’s Office admitted it had overstepped its legal authority.  But unless this law is repealed, the Attorney General is likely to continue to use it to prosecute those who disagree with her ideology at any opportunity, whether they’re running churches, women’s shelters, schools, or fitness centers. How many will not fight back and settle, further eroding the rights of women and children to be safe?

This law has also led to public schools aggressively promoting transgenderism to young children. In June, a fourth grade class in Richmond, MA was subjected to a “coming out party” for a boy who “transitioned” into a girl.  Parents were not informed until afterwards and a letter sent home with students declared of the boy “she is a girl, so she’s using the girl’s restroom.”  Children were frightened and confused, parents were angered.  What rights do they have in these situations, to introduce sensitive topics to their children? One year after the law's enactment, these troubling questions remain unanswered.

“Only the repeal of the law will restore the rights of women in private situations, the rights of businesses and homeless shelters to be free from those threatening lawsuits, and the rights of parents to introduce children to sensitive topics at the right time,” said Keep MA Safe Chairman Chanel Prunier. 

“After one year, parents’ rights are undermined more than ever, women fear for their safety, and organizations like churches and shelters must worry about lawsuits rather than ministering to the needy. It’s time to repeal this law,” said Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith.

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One Year Later, Bathroom and Locker Room Law Violating Women's Rights


  

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One Year Later, Bathroom and Locker Room Law Violating Women's Rights

Friday, July 7, 2017

WOBURN — One year ago, on July 8th, 2016, Beacon Hill decided to create new rights of sexual expression at the expense of the safety and privacy of women and children in Massachusetts. The “Bathroom and Locker Room Law” gave internal feelings the force of law, allowing men to enter private spaces normally reserved for women based solely on their feelings. In response, concerned citizens leapt into action to put this novel law on the ballot for November of 2018. Throughout the summer of 2016, volunteers collected over 50,000 signatures to repeal the Bathroom and Locker Room Law. The organization these pro-women and pro-children activists launched, Keep MA Safe, has continued to raise awareness and mobilize the electorate in advance of the 2018 vote.        

“Since this law was enacted, we’re hearing more and more about men brazenly entering women’s safe spaces and abusing them by taking videos and pictures when they’re most vulnerable and exposed,” said Chanel Prunier, chairman of the Keep MA Safe ballot committee which is leading the repeal effort.

“The first criminal court case in Wrentham District Court this year involved Gabriel Moniz taking pictures of a woman in a TJ Maxx women’s room on Christmas Eve. The woman had to call the police herself as store employees would not. Corporations, employees, and even the police are becoming more concerned about lawsuits than women’s safety. We need to repeal this law to restore women’s safety in private spaces,” said Prunier.

Keep MA Safe’s General Counsel, Andrew Beckwith, sees the need for education on what the law actually requires.

“Many people think it just means building a third bathroom for gender-confused individuals. It’s actually far worse than that. The law says men who say they feel like women must be allowed into women-only facilities," said Beckwith.

There are steep penalties for violations of the new law as well, meaning that parents who try and stop men from entering their daughter’s locker room at the local YWCA, for example, could be fined or even jailed. Activists worry the law dangerously forces girls to ignore their red flags and boundaries for fear of a lawsuit. They argue that if women can’t speak up until they’re physically being harmed, it’s already too late.

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Keep MA Safe Treasurer Assaulted by Cross-dressing Man, Files Civil Rights Complaint


   

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Monday, May 22, 2017

WOBURN — On Thursday, May 18, William Gillmeister, Treasurer for Keep MA Safe officially filed a formal civil rights complaint stemming from an assault that occurred at an event for the initiative to repeal the Bathroom and Locker Room law.

While in Newton for a repeal campaign gathering, Gillmeister was assaulted by a man dressed as a woman who spat on him and stole Keep MA Safe signs. According to the incident report taken by the Newton police, the alleged perpetrator provided police with an assumed name and not a legal birth name.

“The party identified themselves as Darcy Rohan but when queried through dispatch came back with negative results,” the report stated. “When asked for an explanation, the party stated that their birth name was David.” Police indicated that Rohan “was irate and stated that the signs were taken because of disagreeing beliefs.”

“Rohan further stated that the signs had been thrown in a dumpster but was unsure of the location,” the report added. “Rohan admitted to spitting on Gillmeister.” Police charged Rohan with assault and battery and theft of property valued at less than $250.

“He was vulgar, violent, and clearly targeted and spit on me because I disagree with him on this issue,” Gillmeister explained. “He admitted to the police it’s OK to spit on and threaten people who object to his radical ideology. Under the Bathroom and Locker Room Law, he can enter intimate spaces with real women, and there’s no recourse for them.” (See Rohan's bragging about the incident on social media in images below).

“This was a clear attempt to intimidate not only Mr. Gillmeister but everyone at the campaign gathering, and to prevent them all from exercising their civil rights. The Attorney general and the district attorney have an obligation to safeguard our citizenry from this type of prejudiced attack and to make a strong statement that crimes of this nature will not be tolerated. I expect they will take swift action and pursue this to the fullest extent of the law,” said Andrew Beckwith, legal counsel to the Keep MA Safe Committee and President of Massachusetts Family Institute.

Keep MA Safe Chairman Chanel Prunier stated: “Our question to the supporters of this law is simple: would you want this man, who claims to be a woman, in the locker room with your daughter? He spit on Bill for displaying signs. What would he do to a teenage girl, legitimately questioning his presence in the locker room at the gym? Or a small child who made a quiet comment in a bathroom? He shouldn’t have a special right to be with them when they’re undressed and vulnerable in a locker room or bathroom- a right their parents don't even legally possess.”

Keep MA Safe is a ballot campaign to repeal the transgender bathroom bill enacted by the legislature last July and signed into law by Governor Baker that allows a person to claim any gender, regardless of anatomy or biology, and use the bathroom or locker room facility based on the claimed gender.

                     
  

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Obama Rule Revoked

President Trump has revoked a controversial Obama administration policy requiring schools to grant access to lawfully sex-segregated areas on the basis of gender identity under Title IX. The policy had already resulted in lawsuits by 13 states and several school districts, and had been halted by our court system.

What does this mean for our Keep MA Safe Ballot question?

President Trump's order simply restores local school districts and states ability to make decisions about school bathrooms.

It does not impact our Massachusetts state law that requires public bathrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, and other private spaces to be open to anyone based on his or her chose gender identity. We still need to work hard and repeal that law in 2018.

Man charged with photographing woman in TJ Maxx women’s room; Woman had to call 911 herself

   

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Man charged with photographing woman in TJ Maxx women’s room; Woman had to call 911 herself

Thursday, January 05, 2017

WOBURN — According to a report on WCVB, Gabriel Moniz of Attleboro is charged with photographing a woman in a TJ Maxx bathroom stall on Christmas Eve.

"I looked down and saw a man's shoes," the victim, who asked to remain anonymous, told NewsCenter 5. "As I looked up, there was the camera phone; his cellphone was in my stall."

In an interview with WCVB, the victim says she immediately left the bathroom and told an employee. She asked the employee to call police, but the employee responded that the store doesn’t call the police.  So the woman had to call 911 herself.

“By tying the hands of well-meaning employees, and making corporations more concerned with lawsuits than customer safety, the Transgender Bathroom and Locker room law encourages this type of behavior. Keep MA Safe wants to repeal the law so Massachusetts can go back to putting women’s safety ahead of political correctness,” said Chanel Prunier, Chairman of the Keep MA Safe ballot committee.

Keep MA Safe is a ballot campaign to repeal the transgender bathroom bill enacted by the legislature last July and signed into law by Governor Baker that allows a person to claim any gender, regardless of anatomy or biology, and use the bathroom or locker room facility based on the claimed gender.

“The employee’s refusal to assist this victim by calling the police may be the result of fear and confusion caused by the new bathroom and locker room law.  If this man were confronted for being in the women’s room and he simply claimed to be a woman, the store employee could face criminal charges for ‘discrimination,’” said Andrew Beckwith, legal counsel to the Keep MA Safe Committee and president of Massachusetts Family Institute.

The bathroom law also makes it a criminal offense to falsely accuse someone of not being the gender claimed.

"The safety of our customers and associates is our top priority," said TJ Maxx officials in a statement cited in the WCVB story. "Our policy directs our associates to contact the police on behalf of customers who report an incident and request we do so. We regret this customer’s experience. We are addressing it directly at the store level and are cooperating fully with the police."

"The fact that security cameras showed the man going into the women’s room 5 minutes after coming into the story and remaining there for a half hour shows that more than just a policy of when to call police is needed,” said Prunier in response to TJ Maxx's statement. “The man should never have been allowed to enter in the first place.”

According to the victim, there were other women she spoke with who may have been photographed in the bathroom.

“Thank God, nothing worse happened,” said Prunier. “We need to stop this now by repealing the bathroom bill before more serious crimes are committed.”

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Keep MA Safe Chair Chanel Prunier with Geoff Diehl

Keep MA Safe Chair Chanel Prunier and State Rep Geoff Diehl on WRKO discussing the problems inherent with the Transgender Bathroom Bill, and the successful initiative to put the law on the 2018 ballot, to allow Massachusetts voters to decide if it should be repealed. 

LISTEN HERE

 

Transgender Bathroom Law repeal certified for 2018 ballot


   

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Transgender Bathroom Law repeal certified for 2018 ballot

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WOBURN — This summer, hundreds of volunteers across the Commonwealth collected over 50,000 signatures in roughly 45 days in order to repeal the transgender “Bathroom and Locker Room Law” passed in July. This was a tremendous grass roots effort that allowed Keep MA Safe to submit more than 38,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office last week. 
 
This afternoon, the Keep MA Safe ballot question committee was informed that the final count after review by the Secretary of State is still over 34,000, which means Keep MA Safe has met the constitutional requirements to put this dangerous law on the ballot in 2018.

We are extremely grateful to the thousands of people who courageously signed the petition, at times in the face of threats and intimidation. As voters began to learn about the full impact of this law, we saw them often move from alarm to action. 
 
We look forward to spending the next two years continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of this law and making sure voters are fully educated on what is at stake. We remain committed to defending the fundamental rights to privacy and safety, particularly for women and children, in our Commonwealth.

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Transgender Bathroom Law Repeal Effort Hits its Mark


   

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Transgender Bathroom Law Repeal Effort Hits its Mark

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WOBURN — Keep MA Safe, the Ballot Question Committee working to repeal the transgender bathroom and locker room law, is proud to announce a major milestone. As of Tuesday, September 27th, with another week of certification remaining, local clerks are reporting nearly 33,000 certified signatures, meeting the 32,375 required to have the law placed on the ballot for repeal. Hundreds of volunteers spent much of the past two months collecting over 50,000 signatures of concerned Massachusetts voters who want the opportunity to vote this law off the books. 

Parents have been particularly alarmed to learn about this law, signed in early July, which would allow men to use the women’s bathroom, locker room, shower or changing facility if they identify as female. There have already been incidents reported here in MA where women’s privacy and safety in public accommodations were violated.

Earlier this summer, a man was caught taking pictures of a teenage girl on his cell phone in a Target changing room in Revere. Another man entered a women’s public bathroom in the Back Bay several weeks ago and exposed himself. Episodes like this are causing people to fight back against radical transgender policies, not only in MA but across the country. Last month, a nationwide boycott led Target to walk back much of its new transgender bathroom policy after suffering a substantial loss in revenue and stock value.  

Keep MA Safe has until October 6th to turn in all of the certified petition forms to the MA Secretary of State’s Office, which will review the certified petitions before formally announcing whether or not the question has made it onto the November 2018 ballot.  If successful, this will be the first repeal question placed in front of MA voters in nearly 20 years.

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Will Attorney General "Hold It" Healey Protect Your Daughters?

   

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Will Attorney General “Hold It” Healey Protect Your Daughters?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WOBURN — Next week, on September 1, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey is due to release “regulations or guidance” to explain how state law enforcement officials are supposed to prevent sex offenders and predators from using the new transgender bathroom and locker room law for an “improper purpose.”  The legislature refused to put this kind of clarification in the legislation itself and instead opted to delegate it to the AG’s office to draft after the bill became law. 

“This is another case of ‘we’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it,’” Keep MA Safe attorney Andrew Beckwith said.  “The legislature even refused to amend the law to prevent registered sex offenders from claiming a gender identity to get into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.” 

Opponents of the law also cite its draconian criminal penalties against alleged “discrimination” which could be affected by the AG’s rules.

“If I see a man following my wife or daughter into a bathroom or locker room and attempt to stop him from entering, I could be sentenced to a year in jail,” Beckwith explained.  “Ironically, the AG’s upcoming regulations could actually make this worse by limiting what I or law enforcement officers are even allowed to ask a man claiming to be a woman without getting accused ourselves of ‘discrimination.’”
 
Such a scenario would not be without precedent in Massachusetts.  In 2010, a man who identified as a woman refused to leave the bathroom of a Boston women’s shelter and was forcibly removed by the Boston PD when the shelter complained.  However, the police ultimately had to enter into a legal settlement with the gender-confused man for violating his rights under the municipal transgender policy, which is similar to the new statewide law. 

Beckwith concludes, “I fully anticipate that Healey will continue to prioritize this new right to public sexual expression over common sense rights to privacy and safety for my family.”
 
Opponents of this type of legislation have derisively labeled it as a “bathroom bill,” arguing that enshrining “gender identity” as a legally protected class in public accommodations would lead to such conflicts over the right to privacy in public restrooms, locker rooms and shelters.  During legislative debate on the issue, transgender activists deliberately avoided mentioning bathrooms, and instead used vague and innocuous language about “anti-discrimination,” “civil rights,” and “equality.”  They made claims, since discredited, that gender confused persons could get turned out of restaurants, movie theaters or hospitals if this new legislation were not passed.  Opponents of the bill showed that such scenarios were already being aggressively addressed by the state anti-discrimination commission under existing law and that all the new transgender law would change was access to single-sex spaces like bathrooms.
 
Nevertheless, AG Healey has publicly attacked use of the term “bathroom bill” and told opponents of the law they should just “hold it.” 

“The attorney general has consistently demonstrated disrespect towards families who don’t subscribe to her radical agenda, and her offensive comments are truly unbecoming her office,” commented Chanel Prunier, Chairwoman of the repeal campaign. 

Prunier notes the irony of the AG’s recently updated website succinctly describing the new law as giving “transgender people the right to use restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identities…”

“Healey seems happy to admit that it really was about bathrooms all along, now that the law has passed,” Prunier said.  

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Target Awakens to Negative Impact of Transgender Bathrooms


   

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Target Awakens to Negative Impact of Transgender Bathrooms

After experiencing significant consumer backlash and financial loss from its open-bathroom policy, Target has announced that it will add single-stall bathrooms.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

WOBURN — Target is finally adding single-stall bathrooms as a result of the backlash they received for their open bathroom and changing room policy enacted earlier this year. After announcing this anti-common sense policy, Target’s stocks almost immediately plummeted due to a nationwide boycott, and a slew of reports of “peeping toms.”

Now that Governor Charlie Baker has passed a state-wide Bathroom Law, no locker room, changing facility, bathroom or public shower is safe. Prior to this law, finding a biological male in a woman’s bathroom would be cause for alarm and allow women to request that the male leave their safe space. Now, unfortunately, anyone who tries to prohibit an anatomical male from entering a woman’s space could be fined or even jailed.

“Target is finally admitting just how unpopular their transgender bathroom policy has been, and taking steps to fix it, like a smart company,” Keep MA Safe chairwoman Chanel Prunier said. “The MA Bathroom and Locker room law is even more extreme than the Target policy, with the weight of the state threating jail time and fines for those who simply want their privacy. It’s time to repeal it.”

“When people, especially parents, hear about outrageous policies like these, they are motivated to take action,” explained Andrew Beckwith, serving as general counsel for the repeal initiative.  “The boycott of Target and the repeal initiative here in MA are ways for parents to fight back and protect their children in public spaces.” 

Men and women have separate facilities, because they are anatomically different and deserve privacy. Keep MA Safe believes that women and children especially should be provided safe spaces to use the restroom, change their clothing and shower without fear of “peeping toms,” voyeurs and predators.

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