Human Rights Commission to Consider Repeal of Open-Bathroom Rule


Concerned citizens have submitted a petition to the Human Rights Commission to repeal WAC Rule 162-32-060 that opens up showers, locker rooms, and bathroom facilities to people by internal gender identification rather than biological realities.

The Human Rights Commission will hear this petition, among other business, at its meeting tonight in Olympia.

Concerned citizens should make plans to attend this hearing and voice their concerns directly to the Commission.

If you are unable to attend tonight’s meeting, you can submit your comments and concerns to Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sharon Ortiz, at

Washington State Human Rights Commission
Commission Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 5:30 PM

Legislative Building
416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Columbia Room
Olympia, WA 98501

More information about the hearing can be found at this link.

21 replies
  1. pam
    pam says:

    I met a man ten years ago who confessed to me that he dressed as a woman and his “thrill” was to see if he could get into women’s bathrooms at local community colleges! Made me ill. I understand this community is less than `1%.
    I so weary of all the special interest groups for past generation who get special rights and common sense is thrown out the window

  2. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    This is not a human “rights” issue. There is no “right” to use the bathroom of the opposite sex, especially if they object. I’m shocked that our “right” to safety and privacy is being breached in favor of a tiny minority.

  3. M Wentz
    M Wentz says:

    Speaking of children’s safety, random molestation in locker rooms by strangers is rare, yes, it does happen, but statistically, children are molested by a person they trust. I believe the first reaction to having a trans in the locker room stems from the old stereotype that people who iare gender non-conforming are deviants who look to molest children. Statistically, pedophiles are male, identify strongly heterosexual, and have had previous contacts with their subjects. The trans that I personally know don’t flaunt their biological genatalia because they are ashamed of them and want desperately to identify as the opposite gender. But that is my own personal interactions. The other reaction is the possibility of seeing a penis, or none. It would take some gymnastics to get a peek at a vagina.. If a child hasn’t seen these things, it could be scary. It is a tough dillemma for everyone; trans and cisgenders alike.

  4. Alexander
    Alexander says:

    “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” Forcing business owners to do something that is against ethics is hardly within the rights of the governments. You must openly recant by repealing this unlawful policy.

  5. Dmaninseaettle
    Dmaninseaettle says:

    Isn’t there something called indecent exposure? Don’t we have laws that protect children? Is the state going to put police officers in every single locker room to enforce such laws? Completely insane rule.

  6. Celia
    Celia says:

    What about my human rights? The rights of my daughters and granddaughters?? I have the right to use a public restroom with the knowledge that I am in a safe environment! That will not be the case if you continue down this slippery slope! Keep our women and children safe!!

  7. Storm McNeil
    Storm McNeil says:

    I have not yet read a post that was in favor of this role. That should tell you everything you need to know. Please add my name to the growing list of people who want this rule repealed. Please, repeal it.

  8. Storm McNeil
    Storm McNeil says:

    Haven’t yet read a comment that doesn’t ask for the repeal of this rule. That should tell you something. Add my request to this growing list. This is a bad rule. Please repeal it.

  9. Kathryn Townsend
    Kathryn Townsend says:

    It is not the bathroom that most concerns me. It’s the locker rooms – the YMCA told me point blank that if a biological male wants to now shower next to my 9 year old granddaughter, because of this rule, they have to let him. To put the “feelings” of any ADULT above the SAFETY and PRIVACY of our CHILDREN is completely wrong. This rule is so ill thought out. There has to be a way to be non-discriminatory and protect our children at the same time. BUT, if there is not, then we have to put CHILDREN first. They don’t have a choice where they go, other adults do.

  10. connie swecker
    connie swecker says:

    If they bill is not repealed then all those who voted for it should be held accountable to any woman or child who is molested or raped because of this bill and should go to prison because they have allowed this to take place

  11. Shelli Booher
    Shelli Booher says:

    I am very uncomfortable with the idea anyone can use any restroom, changing room, or locker room they wish. This to me is an open door to those who would take advantage for perverse reasons. There has to be a better solution that doesn’t single a group out or make the majority uncomfortable.

  12. Kathleen Estabrook
    Kathleen Estabrook says:

    Please repeal this rule. It is putting ALL citizens in harms way. It is putting ALL citizens at risk of falling victim to predators and/or pedophiles. A transgender female in the same risk factor as anyone else, this includes us all . . . this is for the safety of us ALL!! PLEASE look at the safety of everyone – if someone who is transgender and in need of space or if a caregiver needs to bring a person of the opposite gender to the restroom – that is what single stall or family restrooms are very much available for.
    Please keep ALL women & children safe!!

  13. Mavis Smith
    Mavis Smith says:

    I believe this is a bad idea. I do not want to discriminate against anyone, so please do not take away anyone’s “bathroom.privleges”.
    Our teachers have enough to do without monitoring the bathrooms to make sure high school students or middle junior high students aren’t sneaking into the bath rooms to have sex.
    Also keep in mind, that this is a pedifiles dream to be able to flash ,coop a peek , or molest a child.
    The purpose of the bathroom is to go to the bathroom,no one is taking away that right. Transgender citizens can still go to the restroom.They can still be a transgender.To make everyone else to conform them wanting to be a transgender is discriminating and dangerous to others.

  14. RaeAnne
    RaeAnne says:

    Please repeal this rule…
    This could create an unsafe invironment for people, especially children, in the case that someone would use this rule to cause harm. The freedom they think they are providing by passing this rule can put others at risk. There would be no safety or privacy for non-transgender citizens.

  15. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Please repeal this rule. It is discriminatory against Non-transgender citizens. The potential for abuse/harm to ALL including transgender citizens is great and cannot be stopped if someone intends to harm another. There must be a better way to express acceptance to the transgender community.


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