Privacy & Safety News

Concerns over transgender client at Okanagan shelter

Klaudia Van Emmerik, Global News - 6 Mar 2017

"Two women are raising concerns about the latest person to move into a Kelowna homeless shelter for women.

'He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals he has more rights than we do,' Tracey said.

Tracey is upset that she was made to share a room with a transgender individual, a man transitioning to become a woman.

'They told me, sorry if a person identifies themselves with female, then we have to go with that,' Tracey said.

Another client named Blaine was also staying at the shelter. She recently fled from an abusive relationship and says she’s uncomfortable with a transgender person staying at women’s only facility."

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Supreme Court Tells Lower Court to Reconsider Transgender Bathroom Case in Light of Trump Move

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal - 6 Mar 2017

"WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday canceled March arguments over a transgender student’s bathroom access, the latest aftershock of Trump administration moves to undo the legal and policy legacy of former President Barack Obama.

The court’s one-sentence order directed a federal appeals panel to reconsider its ruling from last year requiring a Virginia school board to let Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, use the boys’ bathroom. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Richmond, Va., had based its decision on legal guidance from the Education Department under Mr. Obama, which advised that federal antidiscrimination law entitled transgender students to use facilities corresponding to their gender identity."

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Transgender bathrooms: Trump administration reverses Obama policies

Associated Press, CBS - 6 Mar 2017

"President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday reversed Obama-era policies requiring that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity.

A letter sent to schools nationwide Wednesday by the Justice and Education departments says the earlier Obama directive caused confusion and 'significant litigation' over how it should be applied. The new letter says the guidance is lifted 'in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved.'"

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Biology Isn’t Bigotry: Why Sex Matters in the Age of Gender Identity

Ryan T. Anderson, The Heritage Foundation - 16 Feb 2017

"As gender identity ordinances and bathroom battles sweep the nation, ordinary Americans have had to confront the question of whether their long-standing beliefs about the sexes are based on biology or bigotry.

While the debate has polarized many, it has also served to unite exceptionally unlikely allies. In something of an historical first, self-professed radical feminists and conservative women are tabling their ideological differences and standing in solidarity against gender identity legislation, which they have come to recognize as threatening the civil rights of women. The Hands Across the Aisle Coalition is a bi-partisan group of women who have committed to working together and leveraging their collective resources and platforms to oppose aspects of the transgender movement.

Join us as five of the coalition’s leaders offer a perspective the mainstream media too often ignores on this very important issue."

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Transgender bathroom laws have contributed to ‘voyeurism epidemic,’ says researcher

Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite News - 15 Feb 2017

"February 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian pastor who has researched 140 incidents of voyeurism in unisex and transgender-friendly spaces, says it is clear that transgender bathroom policies have contributed to the problem.

Paul Dirks of the New West Community Church in New Westminster, British Columbia, says his information, published on his WomanMeansSomething.com website, shows there is a 'voyeurism epidemic.'"  

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Trump administration takes big step back from Obama’s transgender bathroom rules

Tré Goins-Phillips, The Blaze - 13 Feb 2017

"In a clear shift away from his predecessor, President Donald Trump’s White House has asked a judge to cancel a crucial hearing in a legal appeal over an Obama-era rule regarding transgender bathroom use.

Former President Barack Obama issued a controversial administrative rule in May 2016 extending Title IX protections to transgendered individuals, ensuring their right to use the bathroom they claim aligns with their gender identity.

Had state-funded schools, colleges and universities not complied with the directive, it could put public institutions at risk of losing federal funding."

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'Bathroom Bill' Fight Brewing In Texas

Wade Goodwyn, NPR - 2 Jan 2017

"Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own "bathroom bill" in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

The proposal threatens to split the Texas Republican Party, which controls all three branches of government in Austin. Proponents include the lieutenant governor and the Senate he leads, while the Texas House of Representatives is more sympathetic to the state's business community. The politically powerful chamber of commerce and the Texas Association of Business both strongly oppose any bathroom bill."

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Transgender inclusion endangering women

Charlie Butts, One News Now - 10 Jan 2017

"Women are not safe in Massachusetts restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, and one organization is taking action to remedy the problem.

A woman who requested anonymity was in a women's bathroom at a T.J. Maxx in Plainville, Massachusetts and recalls her experience in an interview with WCVB TV:

'I looked down and I saw a man's shoes, and as I looked up, there was the camera. His cell phone camera was in my stall.'

She left and asked store personnel to call police, and when they let her know they were forbidden to do so, she made a 9-1-1 call herself. Police soon arrived and arrested 48-year-old Gabriel Muniz, who has pled not guilty. But Chanel Prunier of Keep MA Safe tells OneNewsNow this woman may not have been the only victim.

'When security later viewed the footage, they found that he had been in the bathroom for over a half hour, so it's entirely possible that he videoed and photographed other women without their knowledge,' Prunier reports."

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Transgender Calls Filming Girl in Target Locker Room 'A Mistake'

Amber Randall, The Daily Caller - 6 Jan 2017

"The transgender woman caught filming an 18-year-old girl in a Target dressing room called his actions “a mistake” during his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Shauna Smith, a man who transitioned to a woman, received a two- to five-year sentence for filming the girl getting changed, reports the Post Register.

On top of the prison sentence, Smith was also added to the sex offender registry. Smith admitted to investigators that this was not the first time he had filmed girls while they were changing."

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The Data Suggests Unisex Bathrooms Are A Bonanza To Male Perverts

Paul Dirks, The Federalist - 9 Feb 2017

"One year ago in February 2015, the Vancouver Province ran a story on the rise of voyeurism in British Columbia, my home province, with the headline 'How can we get men to stop doing this?' The sober reality is that the crime of voyeurism, almost always by males, may be virtually impossible to stop. Voyeurism is an enormous monster that lives in the shadows of our culture, hidden to many, but continually nourished by advancing technology, pervasive pornography, and increasing opportunity.

Voyeurism has been seen as a minor crime historically, but recording technology and victim statements are beginning to change that. One of the voyeurism cases the Province article cited was that of Jonathan Stringer, who hid a video camera in a unisex public washroom in Whistler, BC. One of his victims shared the effect it has had on her: 'I have post-traumatic stress disorder from it. I was off work for a couple months, I was having problems sleeping and having weird dreams about being watched. It definitely affected me and made me fear for my safety.' More and more, voyeurism is starting to be recognized for what it is: sexual assault against women."

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