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Pass the towels! Plans for coed locker rooms
Posted By Bob Unruh On 11/02/2007 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The Montgomery county council, left to right, bottom row: George L. Leventhal, Marilyn J. Praisner (President), Phil Andrews. Top row: Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, Roger Berliner, Duchy Trachtenberg, Nancy Floreen, and Mike Knapp (Vice-President)>
The governing council in Montgomery County, Md., is considering adopting an “open doors” policy to its public restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities to meet the demands of a transgender “non-discrimination” plan, which would allow men into women’s lockers and vice versa, a support group reports.
A similar federal non-discrimination plan proposed by homosexual Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., includes a provision that would prevent “transgenders” from using opposite-sex public facilities in which being seen “fully unclothed” was unavoidable, according to Peter Sprigg, a spokesman for Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays.
But he said correspondence with the county staff shows that such a provision was considered, and deliberately rejected, in the county plan, which is scheduled for a vote Nov. 13.
“Montgomery County is unwilling to make any such exception,” he told WND. “It’s very extreme.”
According to notes from city council meetings, Sprigg said, the only requirement will be that the person using the public facilities, including showers and locker rooms, be of the gender they present in public.
“Gender identity disorders exist in the diagnostic statistics manual,” added PFOX Director Regina Griggs. “Why would we want to promote cross-dressing, changing your sex. You’re not a man’s brain in a woman’s body and vice versa.”
She noted the testimony from Dr. Renee Richards, the poster person for the transgender crowd who was a pace-setter in the man-turned-woman movement.
“I wish that there could have been an alternative way, but there wasn’t back in 1975. If there was a drug that I could have taken that would have reduced the pressure, I would have been better off staying the way I was – as a totally intact person,” Richards is quoted on the Reality Resources website.
“I know deep down that I’m a second-class woman. I get a lot of inquiries from would-be transsexuals, but I don’t want anyone to hold me out as an example to follow. Today there are better choices, including medication, for dealing with the compulsion to cross-dress and the depression that comes from gender-confusion,” Richards wrote.
The county plan, Bill 23-07, specifically would augment the state’s non-discrimination plan by adding “gender identity” as a protected class.
“In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the areas of employment and housing, Bill 23-07 adds ‘public accommodation’ to the list, causing many to question the judgment of allowing men who merely claim they feel female to have complete access to women’s restrooms, showers and locker rooms in schools, and other places of public accommodation such as health clubs, swimming pools, and store dressing rooms,” PFOX said in its statement about the issue.
“The council defines ‘gender identity’ as ‘an individual’s actual or perceived gender…,’ meaning biological males who see themselves as females, including cross-dressers, would obtain the right to use facilities now designated solely for women or girls,” PFOX continued.
“The Montgomery County Council has voiced callousness and arrogance to the concerns of parents who object. When asked by a mother concerned about her 10-year-old daughter who swims at the Germantown Indoor Pool, where she must undress in front of women since there are no separate changing rooms, if under this law she could be changing next to a person with male genitals, Council member George Leventhal responded via email: ‘I cannot absolutely put to rest your concern that girls might find themselves in a locker room or dressing room in the presence of a person who expresses or asserts herself as a woman but who still has male genitals, but based on my own sense of the prevalence of that condition in the population, I think the likelihood of that occurring is remote,’” PFOX said.
“We are endangering children,” Griggs told WND. “We are trying to normalize mental illness. We’re supposed to help these people.”
The organization noted Leventhal’s opinion is that “we should not worry if a child comes face to face with a nude male stranger (who merely has expressed he feels he is a woman) seems nothing short of condescending.”
Griggs said the county response to requests by cross-dressers to use women’s public facilities should be “full access to mental health services.”
The bill was sponsored by Council members Duchy Trachtenberg, Valerie Ervin, and Marc Elrich with the support of Equality Maryland, an organization promoting “gay,” lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, PFOX said.
A protest has been scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, said PFOX.
Not only would the proposal govern facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms in public buildings, other public facilities such as those in McDonald’s, Chucky Cheese and others would be as opened as well.
This is just the latest battle Griggs and PFOX have encountered in the region. The pro-homosexual group Truth Wins Out earlier accused her of fabricating a report that a “gay” assaulted a volunteer at a county fair booth. Police later confirmed for WND that the incident did happen as Griggs reported.
In fact, police said they located the suspect based on the victim’s description and ended up escorting him off the fairgrounds.
PFOX also is engaged in a fight in Montgomery County seeking a court order to halt a public school sex curriculum because it contains “scientifically flawed and politically biased” information.
The organization joined with Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum and the Family Leader Network in filing the request for the court-ordered stay of the program targeting middle school and high school students in the district.
The organizations said the local board, headed by Nancy Navarro, adopted the curriculum that teaches anal sex as unexceptional and “intentionally excludes” warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health of the high medical dangers related to those behaviors.
“The curriculum also teaches students that homosexuality is ‘innate,’ a controversial and unproven theory advanced by gay advocacy groups serving on the Montgomery County School Board’s curriculum advisory committee,” the groups’ statement said.
Edward L. White III, trial counsel with the Thomas More Law Center, a prominent public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is assisting PFOX and the pro-family groups in their lawsuit against the school board.
The curriculum includes lessons intended for eighth-graders and adopts the language and points of emphasis employed by promoters of homosexuality. Also, 10th-graders will be taught about making announcements that they are homosexual and how to use a condom.
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