Massachusetts Voters Will Decide Whether To Repeal A New Transgender Rights Law

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 10:33pm by admin

A June protest of the law inside the Massachusetts State House. AP / Charles Krupa

Among other things, it guarantees that transgender people may use publicly accessible restrooms, locker rooms, and showers that match their gender identity.

Keep MA Safe worries those rules pose a threat to women and girls by allowing transgender women (which the group refers to as men) into female restroom and locker rooms. The campaign’s website said the law would expose girls to “sexual predators who claim ‘confusion’ about their gender as a cover for their evil intentions.”

“We think it is a dangerous law and we would like to repeal it,” Keep MA Safe spokesperson Andrew Beckwith said in a phone interview. “The definition of gender identity in the law is extremely broad and ripe for abuse.”

“It doesn’t matter how a 50-year-old man identifies. If he has a male body, I have problem with him being in a locker room with my daughter,” Beckwith added.

Since 2002, Boston has had an ordinance on the books providing the same transgender protections.

While Beckwith could not cite an example of that ordinance enabling harm to women or girls, he cited a news story about an “anatomical man who identified as female” that made women uncomfortable in a women’s homeless shelter.

A transgender person protesting outside the Massachusetts State House in June in support of the non-discrimination law. Charles Krupa / AP

However, Kasey Suffredini, chief program officer of the LGBT group Freedom for All Americans, believes the Massachusetts law will be upheld.

“When presented with the question of whether to continue to treat transgender people as equal members of the Commonwealth in 2018, they will vote yes,” she said in a statement.

For his part, Beckwith of Keep MA Safe said he does not have polling data showing where voters stand on the law, adding that he does need to cite an example of actual harm the nondiscrimination law may cause over the next two years.

“If my daughter is being viewed or ogled by a man, that is violation of her privacy,” he said. “That is a problem.”



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