The Equality Act & Rep. David Cicilline @RepCicilline (USA)

As we reported earlier, Congressman David N. Cicilline and 165 other elected officials are sponsoring the Equality Act, which is being hailed as a bill for “equality” for GLBT people.

Unfortunately, that “equality” comes at the expense of Women & Girls.  Specifically, the Equality Act will allow Gender Identity to override Sex in employment settings. This is particularly important for Women & Girls, as there are numerous instances in which we may prefer a Female employee. For example, any security guard situation where a pat-down is required; Women & Girls will not have the right to object to a Male who identifies as a Woman doing the pat down if this law passes.

“(2) by striking ‘‘employment.’’ and inserting ‘‘employment, if, in a situation in which sex is a bona fide occupational qualification, individuals are recognized as qualified in accordance with their gender identity.’’

So you, Women & Girls, will not have the right to say “no” if a Male who identifies as a Woman interacts with you, because this person’s employer would get sued if the employer agreed with your “No.” 

Additionally, the Equality Act would override ALL state laws that allow rational discrimination in public accommodations based on sex. In other words, many states (and municipalities) ban discrimination in public accommodations, but make an exception for public accommodations for which there is an expectation of privacy.

‘‘(2) (with respect to gender identity) an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.’’

This means that Women & Girls will have NO BASIS to claim a right to privacy in spaces where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This means Colleen Francis was right, the Planet Fitness guy is a-ok, and Christopher Hambrook had every right to be in shelter (where he later sexually assaulted Women).

The Transgender Movement is the only movement in the history of the civil rights movement that advanced its own rights by trampling on the rights of another oppressed group.