Privacy & Safety News

Is Massachusetts the next transgender rights battleground?

Lauren Dezenski, Politico - 29 March 2018

"BOSTON — Deep-blue Massachusetts may seem an unlikely battleground in the fight over transgender rights. But supporters and opponents alike say a November ballot question on whether to strike down the state’s recently enacted law protecting transgender individuals in public spaces could be the next crucible in the national debate.

'Both sides recognize this vote has national implications. If this movement can be stopped in Massachusetts, it can be stopped anywhere in the country,' said Andrew Beckwith, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes the commonwealth’s 2016 transgender protection law."

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Anchor-rage in Alaska: Locals Take Aim at Bathroom Policy

Family Research Council - 28 March 2018

"Imagine your daughter walking in from swim practice to find a half-naked man in her locker room. Parents in Washington State don't have to imagine. They experienced it.

When staff members confronted the man, he resisted, saying the law had been changed and he "had the right to use the locker room of his choice." That's just one of the traumatic stories playing out in states across America. In Anchorage, Alaska, the locals are open-minded. But not so open-minded that they think their privacy should be threatened. Unfortunately for them, city leaders didn't care about their safety, forcing through a radical gender-free policy without ever asking."

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Bathroom Bill Repealers Release Hard-Hitting Video

Matt McDonald, NewBostonPost - 19 March 2018

"An organization stumping for repeal of the so-called Bathroom Bill released a provocative video Monday morning.

The two-minute video from Keep MA Safe shows a little girl using a supermarket bathroom when an adult wearing black men’s shoes comes into the stall next to hers, while the girl’s father waits outside in the hallway.

The 6-year-old in blonde pigtails, wearing a vivid yellow shirt, colorful beaded necklace, and denim skirt, is surprised when the adult drops a bag on the floor and she sees that it’s full of women’s clothing and accessories. She peeks under the stall and sees that the adult is a biological man, which terrifies her."

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Department Of Education: We're Done Being Involved With Transgender Students And Bathrooms

Hank Berrien, The Daily Wire - 12 February 2018

"The Department of Education has decided it will not investigate or interfere if transgender students complain they are barred from bathrooms that match their chosen gender, according to Buzzfeed News.

On Thursday, Buzzfeed asked Liz Hill, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, if restroom complaints from transgender students are not covered by a 1972 federal civil rights law called Title IX. Hill answered, 'Yes, that’s what the law says,' adding on Friday, 'Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity.'"

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Chicago-area families seek to defend student privacy from new ACLU lawsuit

Alliance Defending Freedom - 12 January 2018

"CHICAGO – An association of concerned students and parents that filed a federal lawsuit to defend student privacy in a Palatine school district are now seeking to intervene in a separate state-level lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that threatens the privacy of thousands of Illinois students.

The emergency motion to intervene and motion to dismiss filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County seek to prevent the ACLU from misusing non-discrimination provisions within the Illinois Human Rights Act to dismantle student privacy at Township High School District 211. Alliance Defending Freedom and Thomas More Society attorneys represent the students and parents."

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Lakota parent on transgender vote failure: Not going away

Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com - 11 December 2017

"Unofficially, transgender students in Lakota Local Schools can use the bathrooms that align with their gender identities. But a sharply divided school board has voted down an effort to write a formal policy, saying it needs more time to pick the right words that would govern in the state’s eighth-largest school district.

Dozens of white-clad supporters of a written policy packed the Thunderbird room at the district’s central office at Monday night’s monthly board meeting to urge the five members to vote yes. Parents and friends of transgender students spoke out that it wasn’t enough for Lakota students to rely on the goodwill of teachers and administrators."

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Transgender woman suing Massachusetts for being kept in male prison

Phil Demers, MassLive - 16 November 2017

"A 52-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at MCI-Norfolk on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Correction seeking transfer to a women's correctional facility.

The lawsuit has the potential to change how transgender inmates are classified by Massachusetts prisons and jails -- which currently assign prisoners to facilities based on sexual anatomy alone."

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Concerns over pool changing room plans

Marcus Law, Monmouthshire Beacon - 1 November, 2017

"A GROUP which has raised concerns about ‘village-style’ swimming pool changing rooms says the plans are 'nonsensical'.

The Monmouth Early Morning Swimmers are a group of around 15 people who, until Monmouth’s former pool closed last year, met regularly.

Work on the town’s new swimming pool, which will be housed inside Monmouth Leisure Centre, should begin in November and is expected to take just over a year to complete."

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MA throws common sense out of bathroom

Charlie Butts, One News Now - 25 October 2017

"Governor Charlie Baker signed HB2321 into the lawbooks in 2016. The Bathroom Bill, as it became known, allows males to use women's restrooms, locker rooms, and showers in public facilities if they say they are transgender.

Representative Jim Lyons remains opposed.

'We think that's simply inappropriate and something that we should not be promoting here in Massachusetts,' he tells OneNewsNow. 'In addition, the legislation that was approved basically allows five-year-olds to determine whether they're boys or girls.'"

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Hold-It Nation: Why Massachusetts Women Are As Vulnerable As One of Harvey Weinstein’s Starlets

Chanel Prunier, NewBostonPost - 23 October 2017

"A little over a year ago, the Bathroom and Locker Room Law took effect, and women and children in Massachusetts were forced to forfeit their rights to privacy in order to protect the feelings of a tiny portion of our population. The 2016 “Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act” was sold to the public and legislators 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 a year ago 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 and safety to make others feel more comfortable."

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