Privacy & Safety News

School Can Force Students to Share Bathrooms With Transgender Students, Federal Court Rules

Rachel del Guidice, The Daily Signal - 24 May 2018

"A Pennsylvania student said Thursday that her school opening its locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex is unfair and wrong.

'There are good ways to make room for everyone, without letting a boy into the girls’ locker rooms, shower areas, or restrooms,' said Alexis Lightcap, a senior at Boyertown Area Senior High School in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, who is also in a lawsuit against Boyertown Area School District, at a press conference."

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Pa. student to come forward: ‘Please stop my school from violating my privacy’

Alliance Defending Freedom - 24 March 2018

"PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania student who is part of a bodily privacy lawsuit against Boyertown Area School District will participate in a press conference Thursday together with two of her attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb and Independence Law Center Chief Counsel Randall Wenger. The press conference, which follows a hearing in the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, will be the first time the student will publicly reveal her identity as a plaintiff.

During the 2016-17 school year—without informing parents or students—the school district secretly opened its high school locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, which violated many students’ bodily privacy rights. Some of the students in the suit involuntarily encountered students of the opposite sex in various states of undress in school restrooms and locker rooms."

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Radical Feminists and Christians Unite to Fight Transgender Bathroom Law

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart - 27 April 2018

"Radical feminists and Christian conservatives are joining together as the nation’s first statewide referendum on transgender bathrooms approaches in November.

Citizens of Massachusetts will vote on a ballot question that asks whether to repeal or retain a 2016 law on transgender rights that added gender identity to other classifications protected from discrimination in public spaces such as bathrooms."

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Left and right unite to fight Massachusetts ‘bathroom law’

Josh Clancy, The Sunday Times - 22 April 2018

"It is not often you see feminists and Christian conservatives joining forces, but America’s first statewide referendum on transgender 'bathroom laws' in Massachusetts has united them.

Elements from both groups are opposed to the idea that someone who is biologically male but identifies as a woman has the right to use women’s lavatories or changing rooms."

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Mass. is about to be a battleground over transgender rights

Stephanie Ebbert, The Boston Globe - 17 April 2018

"In the campaign video, the little girl wearing ponytails and Mary Janes looks bewildered. There’s a man beside her at the sink in a public restroom. He’s putting on lip gloss.

'A little girl shouldn’t have to wonder why there’s a man using the women’s bathroom,' says the child narrator.

Expect many similar images this year as Massachusetts becomes ground zero in the latest round of the nation’s culture wars. A November ballot question asking voters whether to keep or repeal the state’s 2016 antidiscrimination law is expected to be the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, taking the national temperature on a fiery hot social issue."

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Some shoppers want Forever 21 to change dressing rooms

Alyssa Donovan, KSHB, Kansas City -11 April 2018

"OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Forever 21 is one of a handful of stores that allows men and women to try on clothes in the same area.

Now, some shoppers believe it might be time for a change.

This comes after a man was charged for allegedly recording a woman and a girl inside a Forever 21 changing room at the Overland Park mall.

'For a place like this, I don't think that's appropriate at all to have men, women and children in the same dressing room at all,' said Jaymee Henderson, who shops at Forever 21."

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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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Voters in Anchorage Can Protect Women’s Privacy in Ballot Initiative

Monica Burke, The Daily Signal - 22 March 2018

"Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, will soon have the opportunity to protect the safety of women and girls in private facilities when they consider the Proposition 1 ballot initiative.

The proposition—due by mail on April 3—asks whether residents wish to roll back the city’s “equal access to bathrooms and locker rooms” policy, which allows biological males to access women’s personal facilities."

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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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