In response to safety, security and privacy concerns relative to open and unrestricted access to all bathroom by all peoples all the time, the Legislature and our Governor have acted. Sort of. What they propose is to have the Attorney General – Maura “Hold It” Healy – create guidelines defining the improper use of bathrooms. No provision for convicted sex offenders, no understandable definition of the word “transgendered”, nor any other measurable provision. In fact – nothing. Just nonsense – the kind that infuriates voters. If you want to understand the Trump phenomenon look for farther than this debacle.
The problem is that transgender in an of itself cannot be defined in physical terms. It is based not on something measurable, but instead of how one might “feel” at any point in time. Most people assume – wrongly – that only men in dresses qualify to use the ladies room. Others think it applies only to people who have surgically altered their bodies. Sorry, but they are wrong. Anybody who claims to “feel” like a woman on any given day qualifies. Now how in the world is Maura Healy going to define improper use when all anybody has to do is claim that they “feel” like a woman to use the ladies room? How can anybody ever be convicted of criminal behavior when how one “feels” is the determinate of guilt or innocence?
De Leo knows this. Baker knows this. So the Hold It Healy tactic is nothing more than politics as usual. Use smoke and mirrors, babble a few well thought out sound bites for the evening news, and if necessary demonize those of us who are calling for protection for the weakest among us. At the core of what we as Republicans believe is protection for the weakest among us. Leaving children and the elderly exposed to the consequences of unrestricted access to all bathrooms all the time is not something we as Republican will ever stand for.