Entries by Joseph Backholm

North Carolina Takes a Stand for Bathroom Privacy

Finally, someone is standing up to the bully. Last week the the North Carolina General Assembly convened a one-day special session to pass a law protecting privacy in locker rooms and bathrooms. In doing so, they repealed an ordinance in the city of Charlotte that would, among other things, allow men access to women’s locker […]

Human Rights Commission at War with Itself

In the wake of a man at Greenlake Park in Seattle who cited the Human Rights Commission’s new bathroom rule as justification for changing in the women’s locker room, the Washington State Human Rights Commission issued a statement defending its new policy. The Human Rights Commission said in their statement that said, “Men cannot go […]

Fear and the Politics of Bathrooms

“Stop being afraid.” That was the message from the Senators who voted against a bill that would have repealed the Human Right’s Commissions open bathroom mandate yesterday afternoon in Olympia. The rule, passed in December, requires a business or school to allow access to private areas based on the gender the person is identifying with […]

How Does the Bathroom Rule Affect Churches?

  The Washington Human Rights Commission recently passed a new rule making it illegal to keep a man out of the women’s restroom if he “identifies” or “expresses” as a woman. One of the most frequent questions people have in response is, “what kind of an impact this will have on churches and religious organizations?” […]