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VA Law To Allow Men In 
Women's Bath, Locker Rooms 
Parents And Friends Of Ex-Gays & Gays


Montgomery Country, MD Council Set To Pass Law
To Allow Male Use Of Female Restrooms
Yes, it's true. Males who self-identify themselves as females will have open access to women's and girls' public restrooms, locker rooms and showers if the Montgomery County Council doesn't hear from you BEFORE Nov. 13th
"That's nuts," you say. Not to the Montgomery County, Maryland Council, which is poised to pass the Non-discrimination Gender Identity Bill (Bill 23-07) into law on November 13, 2007. The bill seeks to augment Maryland's anti-discrimination law which currently does not include "transgender" as a protected class. 
While Bill 23-07 prohibits discrimination in housing and employment against those with gender identity problems, it also adds public accommodations, including restrooms, shower rooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms in schools, health clubs, public swimming pools, clothing stores and other such public areas. This new entitlement describes "gender identity [as meaning] an individual's actual or perceived gender.." This change would permit a biological male, who only has expressed a female self- image, to invade the most private facilities used by girls and women. 
For example, the bill would allow a male teacher or male student to use school restrooms if he thinks he is female. Same with McDonald's, Chucky Cheese, etc. Some would call Bill 23-07 an invitation to voyeurism or worse. Women's privacy rights are most at risk because the overwhelming number of "gender benders" are male.
The Montgomery County Council has voiced callousness and arrogance to the concerns of parents who object. Council member George Leventhal emailed one such mother of a 10-year-old with this opinion: "I cannot absolutely put to rest your concern that girls might find themselves in a locker room or dressing room in the presence of a person who expresses or asserts herself as a woman but who still has male genitals, but based on my own sense of the prevalence of that condition in the population, I think the likelihood of that occurring is remote."
Council member Leventhal's opinion that we should not worry if a child or woman comes face to face with a nude male stranger (who merely has expressed he feels he is a woman) seems nothing short of condescending. Does he not see that the door is open beyond embarrassment to sexual assault? By allowing any male in a woman's bathroom because anyone questioning his presence can be labeled as a discriminator against cross-dressers, opens up serious safety issues.
The Council is trying to keep this cross-dressing bill out of the public eye. Dr. Ruth Jacobs of CRC, an infectious disease specialist, testified against the bill at the Council's October 2 meeting. She informed the Council that the American Psychiatric Association recognizes Gender Identity Disorder as a mental illness. A former transgender from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) also testified at the hearing against the bill. Grace Harley lived as a man for over 10 years before seeking help to overcome her gender identity disorder and now lives as the female she was born to be. Transgenderism is a mental illness treatable by therapy. The correct response to requests by cross-dressers for access to women's public facilities is full access to mental health services. Otherwise, we are feeding into their mental illness and supporting their disordered behavior.
Just who is the Council trying to protect? Certainly not the modesty or safety of its female population, including our daughters and teens. The Council has failed to add language to Bill 23-07 explicitly stating that it does not entitle male cross-dressers, transvestites, or transgenders entry into women's shower rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms at schools or stores, health clubs, public swimming pools, and any other public place.
All emails sent to President Marilyn J. Praisner at
councilmember.praisner@montgomerycountymd.gov are supposed
to be transmitted to the Council. Her phone number is 240-777-7968.
To find your representative:
?url=/content/council/contact.asp#members (scroll down)
To phone your rep call 240-777-7900.
Call and email Ike Leggett, County Executive 240-777-2500
ocemail@montgomerycountymd.gov as well and ask him to veto Bill 23-07 if it
is passed by the County Council.
Write and call the media
Join the Protest against Bill 23-07 Non-discrimination-Gender Identity!!!
On Saturday, November 3, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. Citizens for Responsible Curriculum chose that location because women's gym locker rooms should be "safe" -- no men in the women's dressing rooms and locker rooms. Germantown Indoor Swim Center is located within the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, Maryland 2084, Phone 240-777- 6830 or call CRC at 301-335-6042.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays
Box 561, Fort Belvoir VA 22060


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