One year ago today, women and children in Massachusetts were forced to forfeit their rights to privacy in order to indulge the sexual “dysphoria” of others. The 2016 “Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act” was sold to the public 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 on October first of last year 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 for the sake of sexual charades.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what we’ve seen happen in the last year. In December, a woman was photographed by a man lurking in the ladies’ room of a T.J. Maxx in Plainville, MA. When she asked employees for help, they seemed torn regarding what to do. Do they call the police, and risk being brought up on hate crimes charges? Or do they protect themselves and their employer by looking the other way and side with the man over the frightened woman? The law is now weighted to benefit those who would violate private spaces. How many cases go unreported?
Before the new law even took effect, state bureaucrats were already threatening to force Massachusetts churches into violating their beliefs by requiring them to allow cross-gender bathroom access. After an embarrassing lawsuit, the Attorney General’s Office admitted it had overstepped its legal authority. But unless this law is repealed, the Attorney General is likely to continue to use it to prosecute those who disagree with her ideology at any opportunity, whether they’re running churches, women’s shelters, schools, or fitness centers. How many will not fight back and settle, further eroding the rights of women and children to be safe?
This law has also led to public schools aggressively promoting transgenderism to young children. In June, a fourth grade class in Richmond, MA was subjected to a “coming out party” for a boy who “transitioned” into a girl. Parents were not informed until afterwards and a letter sent home with students declared of the boy “she is a girl, so she’s using the girl’s restroom.” Children were frightened and confused, parents were angered. What rights do they have in these situations, to introduce sensitive topics to their children? One year after the law’s enactment, these troubling questions remain unanswered.
“Only the repeal of the law will restore the rights of women in private situations, the rights of businesses and homeless shelters to be free from those threatening lawsuits, and the rights of parents to introduce children to sensitive topics at the right time,” said Keep MA Safe Chairman Chanel Prunier.
“After one year, parents’ rights are undermined more than ever, women fear for their safety, and organizations like churches and shelters must worry about lawsuits rather than ministering to the needy. It’s time to repeal this law,” said Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith.