In case you missed it, the Charlotte City Council voted 7-4 to allow people to pee basically wherever they want. I captured key tweets from the meeting in this Storify article.
I warned you it was coming, remember.
Oh, and Charlotte City Council’s new “anti-discrimination” ordinance ironically does discriminate. Allow me to explain, keep reading.
They way it’s worded, it basically makes single sex bathrooms or facilities illegal for businesses to have or enforce and pretty much allows for anyone to use any facilities they want.
The city’s attorney say’s that interpretation of the new ordinance is wrong.
Where did the city attorney get his law degree? Cracker Jack?
The ordinance, as worded, CLEARLY makes having a single sex facility illegal to maintain.
“It shall be unlawful to deny any person the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or national origin.”
If adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list means they can use whatever facility they want; therefore the same definitions have to be applied to “sex”. Not only that but the original bathroom/shower portion of the original ordinance is gone.
Rep. Dan Bishop has been all over this issue since it raised it’s head and he’s got a helpful little video presentation which lays out this key point:
The city has just made it possible for anyone to use any facilities they want and made it illegal for businesses to stop them. That would technically include schools, would it not? Good going, Charlotte. You’ve just discriminated using a non-discrimination ordinance!
If you think this won’t make it’s way into other school districts, you’re already behind the eight ball. Wake county schools are ‘allowing it‘ on a case by case basis. Meanwhile, the Wake board says they ‘have no knowledge of requests’.
A a woman and a mother of young children, I don’t want some guy sauntering into the ladies room because, well, today he “self identifies” as a woman… in his own mind.
Proponents call the transgender community ‘at risk’ and ‘marginalized’ and that this ordinance is needed to protect them. It’s all about them. So how many of them are we talking about here?
Starting around 2011, there were some solid estimates that 3.5% of the U.S. population identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Of that 3.5% only about .3% identify as transgender. That’s around 33,495 people in a nation of over 319 million.
Flash forward to 2014. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that 2.3% identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual out of 319 million or so people. Of that 2.3%, only about .7% “self-identified” as transgender. That .7% subset translates to about 51,359 people nationwide or roughly around 1,027 people per state.
But by ALL MEANS, let’s accommodate the few who ‘self identify’ in their heads as the opposite sex over the vast majority who know that having twigs and berries means you’re a guy.
For those out there thinking or saying this ordinance isn’t about an “agenda”, you would pretty much be wrong. You will be made to care.
- Related Reading:
Will NC Students Have to Share Bathrooms, Locker Rooms with Other Sex?
- McCrory Steps Up To Protect North Carolina Schools, Joins Amicus Brief Sans AG Cooper
- A Rape Survivor speaks out about Transgender bathrooms
- Yes, the “bathroom bill” danger to women and girls is REAL. Here are some chilling examples of what’s already happened.