Gov. Inslee Won’t Answer Question About Bathroom Rule; Bryant Opposes


On December 26th, a new rule went into effect that has generated a significant public response.   The rule, which was passed by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, mandates that all schools and businesses in Washington State maintain open bathroom/locker room policies which will allow people to choose the facility they want to use based on their gender identity or gender expression.

It makes it illegal for any school or business to ask someone to use a bathroom that corresponds to their biological gender or to provide them a separate gender neutral option.

Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed by Governor Inslee.

InsleeYesterday, FPIW communications director Zach Freeman had a chance to talk with Gov. Jay Inslee as well as his Republican challenger Bill Bryant to ask them their thoughts on the new rule.

Gov. Inslee appeared uncomfortable and resorted to asking Mr. Freeman a series of questions in an apparent attempt to avoid answering any questions himself:

Gov. Inslee: Are you a journalist?

Mr. Freeman: I’m trying to be.

Gov. Inslee: Who do you work with?

Mr. Freeman: The Family Policy Institute of Washington

Gov. Inslee: Who is that?

Mr. Freeman: It’s Joseph Backholm’s group…

Gov. Inslee: It’s a what group?

Mr. Freeman: It’s a group that does family policy

Gov. Inslee: Well what kind of family policy

Mr. Freeman: We do issues of marriage, life, religious freedom…the things that nobody really likes to talk about.

Gov. Inslee: Really? What kind of things are they working on?

Mr. Freeman: Well, at the moment I’m actually asking about the bathroom rule that was proposed by the Human Rights Commission…

Gov. Inslee then cut off the question by again asking Mr. Freeman if he was a journalist and who he was working for.

He concluded the exchange by telling Mr. Freeman that if he became a part of the Associated Press “then I’m really happy to answer your question.”

You can hear the full audio of the brief but awkward exchange below:

After the interview, FPIW reached out to Governor Inslee’s press office for a statement on the issue but they have not responded.

BryantBill Bryant, the only current challenger to Gov. Inslee in the 2016 gubernatorial election, was also in Olympia yesterday. He was more willing to discuss the issue. “Everybody deserves to be in an environment where they feel safe.” Bryant said.  “That includes someone who is transitioning between genders, but it also includes a high school girl who wants to go into a locker room.  I think the Human Rights Commission picked the rights of one group over the rights of others.”

Bryant suggested that it would be appropriate for the Governor to set the rule aside for 24 or 48 months so that the legislature can address it.  You can hear Mr. Bryant’s statement below:

If you are a member of the Associated Press, you can contact the Governor’s office at 360-902-4111 where he would apparently be happy to answer your questions about this issue.  Please do ask, because the rest of us would like to know.

Everyone else can use that number to share their thoughts about this issue with the Governor.  If you do, please be respectful. He needs to hear from you, but not if you’re angry.  That only hurts the cause.   Besides, the person answering the phone is not the Governor.  It’s just someone doing their job who probably hasn’t ever done anything mean to you.  But if you’re kind to them, they’ll be happy to relay the message.

You can also email the Governor by clicking here.

17 replies
  1. Jake Shelton
    Jake Shelton says:

    Inslee’s a tool. Do you know how many girls in school have resorted to wet naps as opposed to showering in a locker room because some jocks decide all of the sudden that their gender changed (just for that occasion? Lmao

  2. Janis Simila
    Janis Simila says:

    In the name of anti-discrimination, this new law has no business in our public schools, or anywhere else. I am sure that you would agree that our public schools have a responsibility to provide a safe atmosphere. Parents have to right to know that their children are not threatened by sharing bathroom and changing facilities with “confused” people. Parents also have the right to remove their children from public school, if that is what is has to come to. I am contacting our Governor, Jay Inslee, our legislature and the Human Rights Commission to contest this rule.

    Children have rights as well, and unwanted exposed to the opposite sex’s body parts is sexual abuse and the definition of indecent exposure. In this case, article

    RCW 9A.88.010 states indecent exposure as a crime punishable by jail time. In Washington State’s law definitions:

    “Indecent exposure. (1) A person is guilty of indecent exposure if he or she intentionally makes any open and obscene exposure of his or her person or the person of another knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm.” In many states, exposure of a person’s genitals (undressing or urinating) in front of any person (in this case, in front of a minor) is a crime known as sexual offense and requires a person to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.

    Furthermore, Washington law RCW 42.56.030 “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.”

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    • Jenny
      Jenny says:

      Great post Jamie! I completely agree, and thank you for the additional web links. I’m not sure all the laws you cited can be applied to this situation, but I’m know some are as well as many more regarding indecent exposure etc. Not to mention the emotional or physical damage this new law will inflict on our young girls is crazy!
      They have rights as well, like the right to privacy!
      This is truly maddening and sad our nation is headed in this direction.

  3. Mary Crandall
    Mary Crandall says:

    This new law is insane!! You want sexual harassment? This may just cause more headaches than you want. Any male can claim transgender and walk into a women’s bathroom – you know how small some of those cameras are? Who was the dope that thought this up?

    • ms
      ms says:

      Some are more equal than others.

      Actually, there is a kind of logic to this new rule. It follows, logically, from the acceptance of trans as a right. The reason: “separate but equal” was rejected during the civil rights era. So, if you accept trans as a right, then this new rule is the logical result.

      I fear we have a long and ugly uphill battle ahead of us if we want to get back to sanity.

    • Jenny
      Jenny says:

      Exactly! This makes no sense. When did the feelings of a few dismantle and crush the rights of the majority of children? We’re talking about our children here! This will undoubtedly cause permanent emotional damage to our young daughters forced to see a male using a urinal in the girls/women’s bathrooms :(


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