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March 31, 2014

Turning Society on Its Earů

Jill King

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 – or "The Bathroom Bill” – a law proposed by the Maryland Legislature, proposed by Democrats, including Frederick's own Sen. Ron Young, creates a measure that is supposed to foster equality for those in identity crisis.


What it does do is create fear and inequality for women and unbeknownst to men, more of an employment threat.


One of the first cases of gender identity concerned a pilot with Eastern Airlines, in 1984 who was hired as Kenneth Ulane and fired under the name Karen Ulane. After sexual reassignment surgery, Eastern fired Ulane for "no reason other than the fact that she ceased being a male and became a female."


This is a perfect example of discrimination.


It is difficult to believe that this happens now because Title VII and case law has identified it for court proceedings. We don't need another legislative act to create measures for people that already exists.


According to SB212, the definition of "Gender Identity" means the gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth, which may be demonstrated by:


(1) Consistent and Uniform assertion of the person's gender identity; or

(2) Any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person's core identity.


Not only does this bill define the status of what public facilities can be used, it also conforms to housing and employment.


State lawmakers believe this bill will define and reduce discrimination on said gender identity persons. By adding "gender identity" to race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability, one more group becomes a protected class.


It is difficult now to declare discrimination for a white male of any age seeking a job, but if you were a cross-dressing male, who applies for a job an assumption and proof could more than likely be rendered using the reasonable person standard. This is not only a war on women, it is driving the equality of a white male actively job seeking further down the list to be hired.


In order for equality to be legislated, one group has to suffer.


This bill also sets aside and exempts "private facilities," those not of public use defining who does not have to play their game. Yes, it is picking winners and losers, although it does respect religious institutions.


Another exception to this bill is that requirements of workplace appearance, grooming, and dress standards remain in place as long as the requirements meet federal and state code, and as long as they can do so in their decided gender identity.


When it comes to the shared use issue, 20-303 Section (B) creates most of the language for "Equivalent Private Space."


“Equivalent Private Space” means a space that is functionally equivalent to the space made available to users of a private facility – according to the bill.


Some of the examples of this are locker rooms, bathrooms, swimming pool showers, and dressing rooms.


Since there are no age restrictions, it is more than likely that this will happen in every public school when dressing for Physical Education, sporting events, or showering before swim meets.


Children in middle and high school, who are required to change for phys ed, have enough issues with changing in front of their own sex let alone someone with other body parts.


There were many who did not dress for this reason in the 80's when I attended school, and according to youth that I have spoken to, this hasn't changed much. The result for not dressing is typically a letter grade for each occurrence.


How many children will not get passing grades for phys ed once this passes?


When it comes to public spaces beyond this, what is the best manner a woman can report a sexual predator in the bathroom? How are they to know the difference, and how would they best defend themselves against this new normal?


There is a level of discomfort that will occur with anyone who happens into the situation. Why should women and children be taking the brunt of the issue? Who is going to protect them?


Yes, there is a level of predators that exist, but there are ramifications to placing people in harm's way by allowing behavior. It is not a phobia of people who identify with their gender; it is an issue with the level the legislature takes to put one class in harm's way just to suit a few.


The bra-burning brigade hurt women when they declared equality to men. Femininity is at war with these social reformers. For those who choose to be feminine without being a feminist, their way of life is going to be flipped upside down.


Children are going to be more confused by seeing all of what they learn in 6th and 8th grades prematurely.


How far do we have to go to protect a minimal portion of society, without causing more issues to society?


Thankfully, is preparing to put this vote to society, where a large portion of teens and women will be voting. Right now they are waiting for the governor to sign so that a referendum can be created.


In 2012, 63.7% of women voted in the U.S. compared to 59% of men. In Maryland 51.6% of the population are women, hopefully they will be unafraid to speak up – for their own protection and that of their children.


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