BATHROOM WARS! GENDER IDENTITY AND HB 1523

BY BISHOP RONNIE C. CRUDUP SR.

Although, I have called for the repeal of HB 1523 on discrimination grounds, there is a side or part of the bill I do support. I want to say loudly that I am absolutely against any legislation that would give transgender men the legal choice of going into women’s restrooms. I understand that there is a push by the LGBT community, and those who sympathize with them, to seek legal choice for transgender persons to have public bathroom privileges according to their sexual identification and not their original biology. I personally think this decision would be dangerous, unfair to women and girls and socially unsustainable.

Allow me to explain. I think this kind of legislation would put women and children in harms way of intimidation and molestation, shocking, but true nevertheless. I cannot see a way to publically distinguish between those who have undergone surgical gender changes, a confused cross-dresser and a pervert.

Outfront MS
4/22/16