Privacy & Safety News

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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Transgender grads get $20,000 each after bathroom dispute

Grace Carr, BIZPAC Review - 9 August 2017

"A Pennsylvania school agreed to pay three transgender students $20,000 each in a settlement allowing the students to use the bathroom with which they identify.

The details of the costly settlement — totaling $60,000 awarded to the students and $75,000 to their attorney — were released Tuesday after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requested the information from the Pine-Richland School District under the state’s Right-to-Know law, according to US News."

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Pastor Paul Dirks Testifies on Canada's Bathroom Bill

Evan Lips, NewBostonPost - 11 May 2017

"NEWTON — A recently released police report corroborates the story relayed to New Boston Post regarding the theft of campaign signs and a spitting episode, an incident that police say occurred after an upset activist crashed a private event where members of the ballot movement to overturn the state’s so-called'bathroom bill' law were meeting. 

The incident occurred on Sunday April 30 at a Thai restaurant on Walnut Street, where William Gillmeister, treasurer of the Keep MA Safe coalition, claimed 'a man dressed as a woman' spit on him after being confronted over the theft of signs. 

'The party was described as wearing a floral dress, black shoes and glasses,' the report noted.

Adding to the confusion, according to the incident report, was the fact that the alleged perpetrator provided police with her assumed name and not her birth name."

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Bathroom Bill Opponent Says Angry Activist Attacked Him At Private Event

Evan Lips, NewBostonPost - 2 May 2017

"A key figure behind a ballot question that would repeal a law allowing people who say they identify with the opposite sex to use the public bathrooms and changing rooms they prefer says he was spat on and cursed at by an unidentified person who crashed a private event. 

William Gillmeister, the policy and financial director for the Renew Massachusetts Coalition, told New Boston Post his group booked Sichuan Garden, a Chinese restaurant on Walnut Street in Newton Highlands, on Sunday afternoon. Gillmeister said he spotted the individual removing his group’s signs from the front of the restaurant and confronted the person.

'I said, ‘Hey, you can’t take those’,' Gillmeister recalled. 'This individual immediately started swearing at me and accused me of promoting hate speech.'

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Dignity and Fairness Matter for Every Child in the Locker Room

Kellie Fiedorek, Daily Signal - 14 Apr 2017

"The American Civil Liberties Union recently noted in a blog post that 'the burden of confronting and remedying injustice falls on the shoulders of the oppressed.'

There is some truth to this: The oppressed are powerful voices in any battle for justice. But when it comes to defending the most vulnerable among us—our children—it is chiefly the responsibility of parents, teachers, school administrators, and lawmakers to defend their rights.

Yet the ACLU, rather than seeking justice, fairness, and privacy for every child, has chosen to privilege a select few while utterly disregarding the privacy rights of millions of other young students across the country."

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Boston man accused of trying to assault woman in Las Vegas bathroom

Klaudia Van Emmerik, Global News - 6 Mar 2017

"LAS VEGAS - A Boston man is accused of trying to sexually assault a woman in a Las Vegas resort restroom.

Police said Saturday morning a victim walked into the women's bathroom at Delano Las Vegas Bathhouse Spa and Gym after exercising. She saw a naked man on the opposite side of the bathroom and assumed she had accidentally entered the men's restroom, so she turned to leave, reports Review Journal.

At that point the man, later identified as 33-year-old Jared Deflurin, approached her from behind and put her into a chokehold, said police. He allegedly forced her to the ground and began punching her, and then tried to drag her by the legs to the isolated shower stalls 'away from public view.'" 

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How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law

Khadeeja Safdar, The Wall Street Journal - 5 Apr 2017

"In April last year, Target Corp. TGT -0.54% published a blog post welcoming transgender employees and shoppers to use restrooms and fitting rooms corresponding with their gender identities. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong,” read the post, which turned half of Target’s red bullseye logo into a gay-pride rainbow.

Other retailers have similar policies. But for Target, the posting of what was its long-held practice quickly became an expensive and distracting lesson about the perils of combining the web’s megaphone with touchy social issues.

Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell hadn’t approved the April 19 post, which responded to a move by North Carolina to legislate bathroom use, said people familiar with the episode and its aftermath at Target. He didn’t see an email notifying executives of the post, and was surprised to learn about it."

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Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy

Alliance Defending Freedom - 21 Mar 2017

"Two women are raising concerns about the latest person to move into a Kelowna homeless shelter for women.

'He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals he has more rights than we do,' Tracey said.

Tracey is upset that she was made to share a room with a transgender individual, a man transitioning to become a woman.

'They told me, sorry if a person identifies themselves with female, then we have to go with that,' Tracey said.

Another client named Blaine was also staying at the shelter. She recently fled from an abusive relationship and says she’s uncomfortable with a transgender person staying at women’s only facility."

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School Orders Boy to “Tolerate” Undressing with Girl and Make it “Natural”

Todd Starnes - 21 Mar 2017

"A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to “tolerate” undressing in front of a female student and to make it as 'natural' as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center, alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment.

'No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,' ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. 'We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students.'

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A Man in the Women's Restroom at Disneyland

Kristen Quintrall, The Get Real Mom - 13 Mar 2017

"I didn't know if I was going to write this blog or not. A part of me was scared it'd be shared as some transgender hot piece about yet another homophobic mom lashing out at Disney and then I'd have to deal with the wrath of the internet telling me to kill myself. So let me be clear. This isn’t that story. This is a story about a biological man in the women’s restroom, but we need to discuss some gender issues.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over a decade and have seen my fair share of transgender/gender fluid people. They in no way offend me. I'd consider myself pretty progressive and tolerant of most things...except maybe people who identify as a person wearing socks with sandals. We all have our line in the sand and that's totally mine. But how transgender people feel, how they choose to dress or any surgeries they get, don't infringe on any parts of my life, so I support their decision to live as they see fit. I've also seen my fair share of transgender women in the women's restroom before. Not ALL the time. But over the past few years, I'd say 4-5 that I noticed. Men...who were in some stage of transition and making every attempt to be a woman from mascara to heels. Transgenders who certainly felt comfortable in the women's room and probably frightened to go into the men's. At these times, I smiled…I peed...and life went on. But 2 weeks ago something very different happened..." 

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