Re: “State Senate votes to maintain transgender locker room access rule” (TNT, 2-11).
Unjust to both sides is the Senate vote upholding the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). It opens the door to nudity between the sexes in public venues which transgender people may use.
State Sen. Marko Liias said it perfectly: “(Transgender people) deserve the same protection as every single one of us.”
But what protection is there? A girl may find herself in a locker room alone with a man. Transgender persons now have less chance of getting a private shower where they would be safe, because everyone uncomfortable with intersexual nudity will want one. The equal protection adds up to zero.
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State Sen. Jeannie Darnielle assessed the concerns of each side: “Real threats and real discrimination versus fear.”
Odd that the threats to one side are real, and the threats to the other side are imaginary. Is rape then not a real threat to a girl?
“(The WAC) does not demean the values of either side,” Darnielle said. But what about the value of personal privacy?
A girl has a sacred right to hide her body from a man until she is married. The Senate vote demeans the moral values of many Washingtonians and diminishes the safety of everyone.