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DOJ Ends Effort to Force Men into Spaces for Women and Girls

Last week, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s new attorney general to lead the Department of Justice. It has taken only days for the impact to be felt across the country.

On Friday, the Department of Justice signaled that it is ending efforts to force school districts to allow boys into girls facilities as a condition of receiving federal funding.

Last year, the Obama Justice Department invented new definitions of the term male and female under Title IX (without legislative input) that had the effect of forcing school districts to choose between the privacy of their students and the availability of federal education funds.

Twenty-four states had challenged the new interpretations, and a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the order on December 31st.

The next hearing was set for Tuesday, February 14th in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, on Friday, both parties filed a joint notice with the court to cancel the hearing.

This comes as welcome news to school districts across the country.

The timing of this issue is helpful for supporters of privacy in Washington State as well.  This week, Just Want Privacy will be distributing petitions for Initiative 1552, which would overturn a mandate from Washington State’s Human Right’s Commission that forces schools and businesses to allow men into women’s facilities.

An initiative effort failed to gather enough signatures in 2016.  But Just Want Privacy did not wait for the legislature to act this year.  They believe that having nearly five months to gather signatures instead of 9 weeks will allow the volunteer effort sufficient time to qualify for the ballot.

But the effort will again depend entirely on volunteers.  Everyone who cares about maintaining safe spaces for women and children in Washington schools and businesses is encouraged to become a volunteer, request a petition, and make a contribution.

Opponents of efforts to protect privacy in Washington State had previously argued that those efforts would jeopardize federal education funding.

The DOJ’s new position indicates that will no longer be a concern.

 

LGBT Protestors Trying to Derail Just Want Privacy Campaign in Final Day

 

The Just Want Privacy campaign has until tomorrow to finish gathering 246,000 signatures to put Washington’s Open-Locker Room rule repeal on the ballot in November, and their opponents are making it as tough as possible to get the job done.

The campaign opposing Initiative 1515, Washington Won’t Discriminate, has set up a Facebook group to track signature gatherers from the opposing side.  Many worry that this tracking effort was started to equip LGBT activists to intimidate, bully, and harass those gathering signatures before tomorrow’s deadline.

This morning, Allyship trans-advocates ambushed FPIW’s offices with a protest, standing in front of the entrance to the offices for more than an hour.

More than eight members of the media were present to document this three-person protest for tonight’s news coverage.  This is the same media that somehow couldn’t find the time or interest to show up for the Just Want Privacy event and press conference last month.

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Prominent Liberal Activists to Join Just Want Privacy Campaign Tomorrow

 

A group of prominent liberal voices will join forces with the Just Want Privacy Campaign tomorrow to support safety and privacy for women and children in public locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.

On Thursday, June 16th, at 11:00 AM, at the Carwein Auditorium on the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, Just Want Privacy will hold a press conference and Q&A Session to address questions around the Yes on I-1515 ballot measure.  Joining them at the conference are three prominent and respected liberal activists.

Press Conference

Maya Dillard Smith is the former head of the ACLU in Georgia.  She recently resigned because she felt that the effort to allow men to use the women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms created safety hazards for women and children.

Blair Tindall is a feminist journalist, author, and speaker, based in Los Angeles.  She has characterized the removal of privacy and safety in public facilities as another attack in the “war on women.”

Miriam Ben-Shalom is a veteran of the U.S. Army, known for her efforts to challenge the U.S.’s position of homosexuals serving in the military. More recently, she was removed from her appointment as the Grand Marshal of Milwaukee’s Pride Parade because she does not support the effort to allow men into the women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

The public is invited to attend this event at the Carwein Auditorium on the campus of the University of Washington at Tacoma. Please be respectful, as counter-protests are expected.  More information on the press conference can be found here.

Target’s Stock Plummets as Boycott Crosses 1 Million People

 

Target’s corporate stock has plummeted significantly this week, after a petition to boycott the store crossed 1 million signatures.

The petition and subsequent boycotts are a result of Target’s corporate campaign to open up bathrooms and changing rooms in their stores based on internal gender identity rather than biological anatomy.  The new policy has sparked concern that predators will use the store’s policy to target others, specifically women, by claiming that they feel like a woman on the inside.

Target knew this new policy was a risk.  Last April, a biological man was arrested after allegedly secretly filming a woman trying on bathing suits in a Target dressing room in Missouri.  This story was repeated on May 5th, 2016 in Frisco, Texas.

Recent polls have shown that Americans’ feelings towards open-bathroom policies have hardened significantly in the month of April, with support for the open-bathrooms concept falling by more than 20 percentage points.

Amid the turmoil surrounding the new policy and the immediate abuse of it in Missouri, the company’s stock fell from $84.10 per share on April 19 to roughly $79.36 as of Friday morning. That loss of $4.74 per share, if constant, would represent a corporate loss of over $2.5 billion.

The petition (you can sign it here) represents far more than just the one million people who have signed it.  Not included in that number are the dependent consumers of those signers — mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children — whose sustenance will no longer be found at Target.  It represents the thousands of people who no longer have an interest in holding Target’s stock in their investment portfolio.

Most importantly, the petition represents the vast majority of Americans who are uncomfortable with trading their family’s safety and privacy for a politically-correct solution to a problem that didn’t previously exist.

Stand with FPIW to defeat this bad policy in Washington, once and for all.

Joseph Backholm a 6’5″ Chinese Woman? College Students Affirm New Identity in Video

 

Can a 5’9″ white guy “identify” as a 6’5″ Chinese woman?

The inaugural episode of FPIW’s new series, College Kids Say the Darndest Things, asked students questions on the issue of identity.  Can someone identify as something that they are not?  And can they be wrong?

You can watch the hilarious, yet concerning 4-minute episode here:

If students can’t draw a line on an observable reality as simple as someone’s height, how can we expect them to discern truth from lies on issues that actually matter?

This new series, funded by generous donors in Washington, aims to educate college students and the general public on the importance of issues by considering the root implications of policies and positions, and not just taking cues from social justice rhetoric.

If you want to be a part of this effort, would you join us financially to make sure every student is exposed to observable, real, and undeniable truth?

Obama Administration Threatens to Cut Funding from North Carolina

Several Obama administration officials have announced that their respective agencies are reviewing whether or not to strip federal funding from North Carolina.

This action follows the legislature’s passage of a new law protecting women and children from predators in locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.  Administration officials who have spoken out against the new law, which was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, say that the new law could make North Carolina ineligible for federal funds, and have launched investigations to make that determination.

Speaking in Charlotte last week, Transportation Secretary and North Carolina-native Anthony Foxx said that the U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing whether or not to remove $1 billion in annual funding to North Carolina, adding that he finds the new law to be, “really disappointing.”

U.S. Department of Education Spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said that the Department of Education has started a review as well, putting $4.3 billion in federal funding on the line. “We will not hesitate to act if students’ civil rights are being violated,” she said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a similar evaluation. “We’re reviewing the effects of the law on HUD funding allocated for North Carolina,” said Cameron French, a department spokesman.

Governor Pat McCrory has repeatedly reassured North Carolinians that the state’s federal funds are not in any danger, but attempts to strip the state of federal funding are an obvious attempt by the Obama Administration to bully North Carolina — and other states who make decisions for the benefit of their state — back into submission.

A legal memo released Tuesday by the Alliance Defending Freedom backs up Governor McCrory’s claim. “Under current law, neither states nor school districts will lose Title IX funding for enacting laws and policies that require students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their biological sex,” the memo states, adding that “no school district, university, or state has ever lost Title IX funding.”  Title IX’s regulations clearly state that “[a] recipient may provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” [1].

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest said that he is “confident that we will continue to receive this federal money despite the threats from a few in Washington, D.C.”

This isn’t the first time that the Obama Administration has used federal money to achieve policy changes on a local level.  In Illinois, the Administration achieved the policy it wanted after it threatened to withhold federal dollars from a school district when it didn’t allow a student who was biologically male to enter the female facilities.

We stand with North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory in their efforts to keep safety and privacy at the center of state policy.

North Carolina is just one of several states — including Washington — who are grappling with the issue of open-locker rooms. The Just Want Privacy campaign has been established to make sure that women and children don’t become victims of bad public policy, and are working hard to give Washingtonians a voice on this issue come November.  If you support safety and common sense in locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, please consider lending your efforts to the campaign.

[1] 34 C.F.R. § 106.33

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 rooms and bathrooms if they declared themselves to be a woman.

In response, the left has done what the left does best—be outraged.

Big businesses issued threats refusing to do business in North Carolina and Governors have issued travel bans.

But why are they hysterical?  They are hysterical because, lately, hysterics have worked.

First, Republican Governor Mike Pence surrendered to the bully in Indiana when he revoked religious liberty protections for his state under threat that businesses would decline to do business with them.

Last month, Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard from South Dakota vetoed legislation that required schools to maintain separate locker rooms and bathrooms for boys and girls because…discrimination…and we won’t take your money anymore if you do.

Just this week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a very modest religious freedom protection bill applying to pastors and religious non-profits under threats from Hollywood and big business to cease dealings in the state of Georgia.

The trifecta of Pence, Daugaard, and Deal seem to be reinforcing the stereotype that the only thing Republican’s care about is money.

These disappointments are part of what makes the common-sense, yet surprisingly heroic stand by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory so remarkable.

Despite the backlash, he still has the courage to say (not just whisper) that it is okay to require the boys and the girls to have separate showering areas.  He even seems to be having some fun exposing their hypocrisy.  And another important point; he’s surviving.

A challenge has been filed claiming that, among other things, having boys and girls locker rooms violates the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, they are now in court arguing that the amendment created to end slavery and institutionalized racism had buried within it the right for people with a penis to undress in the presence of little girls.

Sweet, sweet progress.

It just so happens that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is refusing to defend his state’s new law, despite being statutorily required to do so.

Some of us may still remember that Kim Davis was sent to jail because she declined to sign same-sex marriage licenses out of moral conviction despite a legal duty to do so.

The left was very sure that Kim Davis needed to be dealt with harshly because, if government officials could decline to perform legally required job functions for moral reasons, then all manner of chaos would ensue.

Their strong, strong commitment to the rule of law is what compels them to now call for Mr. Cooper to resign his position as Attorney General in North Carolina.

Or not.

The NFL is trying to throw its self-righteous weight around as well.

Atlanta is currently under consideration to host the Super Bowl in 2019.  However, during the debate over Georgia’s religious freedom bill, the NFL threatened to remove Atlanta from consideration unless Gov. Deal vetoed.

What the NFL either didn’t know or didn’t bother to say is that the other two cities under consideration for 2019, Tampa Bay and New Orleans, are in states with much stronger religious freedom protections than the ones they claim to be outraged by in Georgia.

Perhaps Cuba will be a better location. That seemed to be what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implied when he banned state travel to North Carolina in protest of their bathroom privacy law despite recently taking a trip to the tropical, island dictatorship.

Regardless, the probability of this being nothing more than political grandstanding is very high.

After all, the Syracuse University basketball team (from Syracuse, New York) played last weekend in the Final Four in Houston, Texas where just last November, voters approved—by 61%—the same law that is now generating faux outrage in North Carolina.

Not wanting to let Gov. Cuomo grandstand alone, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has called for a ban on “non-essential” (if it’s not essential, why are you doing it?) state travel to North Carolina as well, despite hosting the President of China last fall and flying the Communist Chinese flag on the capitol grounds.

This is the same China that has, for generations, used systematic abortion to enforce a one-child policy that they have only recently eased up on. They now allow most parents to have two children.

It is also the same China that has approximately 500,000 prisoners who have never been charged or tried, has incarcerated 15,000 people for “endangering internet security”, and arrested at least 220 human rights lawyers.

Speaking of China, that same NFL who claims to be too good for Atlanta is making plans to play regular season games in China as early as 2018.

This is the same NFL that was recently found to have illegally withheld $120 million from its players, and allows Greg Hardy (who did this to his girlfriend) to be one of their players.

But they’re too pure for Georgia.

The radical left will be who they are.  They will overreact, fake indignation, and threaten those who disagree with them.

But the fact is, they can do less than most of us fear unless we’re simply afraid of mean tweets.

When it’s all said and done, all these entities that are currently talking tough will ultimately do what’s in their best interest and it will be in everyone’s best interest to just move on.  We deal with people we disagree with all the time and we’re all better for it.

There are thirty-three states with laws just like North Carolina’s.

Are Microsoft, Apple and others going to stop doing business there?  No

Is the NFL going to restrict all its franchises to California, Washington, and New York? Of course not.

The Syracuse University Basketball team went to Houston just as they should—because everyone forgot about Houston.

A bully will always have just as much power as you give them.  The more you appease, the more they will bully.

Lately, we’ve been giving them a lot of power because we’ve had too many Pences, Daugaards, and Deals and not enough McCrorys.

As of today, Gov. McCrory is a coalition of one.

But he is in the process of proving that once you say no to the bully, the bully loses his power.  And defeating the bully isn’t important simply on principle.

In New York, you can now be fined up to $250,000 for using the wrong pronoun.  If the bully can force you to refer to a man as a woman, you’re not free in any real sense.

You’re just waiting for your next set of orders.

But thanks to Governor McCrory, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. North Carolina will continue to be a great state and people from New York will continue to move there because of it.  Sorry, Governor Cuomo.

Once he proves that you can stare down the bully and survive, others will follow his lead because, deep down, we know it’s the right thing to do anyway.   After all, everyone likes Churchill better than Chamberlain.

Step-by-Step Timeline: How We Got the Bathroom Rule

 

How did this happen, exactly?

That’s the question thousands of Washingtonians are asking themselves after the Human Rights Commission unilaterally introduced a new statewide mandate that forces businesses and schools to modify their policies to allow men into the women’s facilities.  The measure, which was aiming at blocking discrimination towards transgendered people, requires “public accommodations” to open up their showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms based on the way someone claims to identify internally, rather than what their anatomy and DNA would show.

So exactly how and when did this process start?

April 16, 2012: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) files WSR 12-09-050, a “Preproposal Statement of Inquiry” with the Washington Code Reviser’s office.  This document outlines the commission’s goals to begin the rule making process. Claiming that the 2006 Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) was too ambiguous on the issue of gender identity, they felt it within the bounds of their authority to create a rule to clarify it.  This legally-binding rule would not be subject to legislative approval.

May 24, 2012: The Human Rights Commission holds a “public work group” in Pasco, Washington, aimed at gathering public input on this topic.  The notice that was published with the Washington Code Reviser’s office for this public meeting, however, was May 23rd.  Later, Commission Chair Steve Hunt expressed his disappointment in regards to the lack of attendance for this meeting in Pasco.

June 6, 2012: The Human Rights Commission holds similar workgroup meetings in Olympia and Spokane.  Then-Commissioner Shawn Murinko stated during the HRC’s June Commission meeting that the work groups were “not well attended by policy makers and stakeholders.”

June 20, 2012: The Human Rights Commission holds its final input-gathering workgroup in Seattle, which Commission Chair Steve Hunt also categorized as lightly attended, while absolving the Commission of any fault for the lack of attendance during their June commission meeting.

June 24, 2015: The Human Rights Commission holds a final forum (also not well-attended) for public comment at the Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Oasis Youth Center is a care facility that provides services specifically for local LGBT youth; their motto is “where queer youth thrive.”

At this point, it is important to note that the Human Rights Commission has openly admitted in their meeting minutes that they have not received sufficient public input by acknowledging that policy makers and stakeholders were not present at the work groups.  Despite this, they moved forward in implementing WAC 162-32.

November 25, 2015: After receiving almost no public input, the Human Rights Commission approves the open-bathroom rule and files it with the Code Reviser’s office. The Commission’s approval makes the rule tantamount to state law, and is set to go into effect December 26th, 2015.

December 26, 2015: The Human Rights Commission’s WAC 162-32 rule officially goes into effect. The press is slow to cover the Commission’s new rule, and many Washingtonians remain unaware that men are now allowed into women’s public restroom and locker room facilities statewide.

December 29th, 2015: FPIW first reports on the new HRC Rule.

January 11, 2016: A petition is launched urging the legislature to repeal the bathroom rule.

January 15, 2016: In response to growing concerns about the Human Rights Commission’s bathroom rule, members of the Washington State House of Representative introduce HB 2589, which would repeal the new rule. The bill gains the sponsorship of over 35 legislators in the House, but House Judiciary Committee Chair Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), refuses to allow her committee to hear the bill, effectively killing its ability to become law.

January 20, 2016: The Washington State Senate follows the lead of legislators in the House and introduces its own bill, SB 6443, to repeal the Commission’s open-bathroom rule. The Bill gains the co-sponsorship of 14 Senators upon introduction, and a hearing is set for January 27, 2016.

January 22, 2016: Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sharon Ortiz testifies before the House General Government and Information Technology Committee and affirms that none of the public work groups related to the bathroom rule making process were well-attended.  Further, she claims that budget cuts were the reason that the group waited over two years to make rules using the input gathered in the 2012 work groups, and also claims that the Human Rights Commission hasn’t been able to publish any of their activities online because they don’t have access to their website.  You can watch that exchange here.

January 27, 2016: The Washington State Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor holds a public hearing on SB 6443 in Olympia. Hundreds of concerned citizens travel to Olympia to attend the hearing and give testimony. After the hearing, the Senate’s Commerce & Labor Committee votes in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate Rules Committee.

February 2, 2016: 10,000 people have signed a petition to the Washington Legislature to repeal the bathroom rule.

February 10, 2016: The Washington State Senate pulls SB 6443 from the Rules Committee to a floor vote.  After nearly an hour of debate, the Senate votes against SB 6443 by a vote of 25-24.  With this action, the Senate effectively kills the bill’s chances to become law, as well as the legislature’s ability to repeal the open-bathroom rule.  You can see who voted against the bill here.

February 15, 2016: Concerned citizens from Kitsap and Pierce Counties organize a rally at the Capitol in Olympia demanding that the legislature revive and prioritize the effort to repeal the bathroom rule.

February 17, 2016: The Just Want Privacy Campaign is announced, which aims to repeal the Human Rights Commission’s Bathroom Rule by way of initiative process in the November 2016 election.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the repeal effort, you can contact the Just Want Privacy Campaign.