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AG Bob Ferguson Defending Obama’s Executive Bathroom Mandates in Court

 

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is making news again. This time, he’s leading a group of twelve states in support of the Obama Administration’s use of executive fiat to prohibit schools and businesses from maintaining sex-separated facilities.

The bathroom directive mandates schools to allow students to use whichever showers, locker rooms, housing, changing facilities, and restrooms are consistent with their internal gender identity, regardless of their biological sex.

In May, officials from eleven states led by Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government and Obama administration officials after federal officials threatened to withhold federal education funding from states and schools that refused to comply with the new directive.  An additional ten states joined together on a separate lawsuit a few months later in an effort to block the Obama Administration’s executive action, led by Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, on behalf of Washington State and eleven other states and Washington, D.C., filed an amicus brief today imploring the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to deny Texas’ request for an injunction to block the administration’s directive.

Writing in support of the new federal directive that opponents say undermines federalism and infringes upon states’ rights, Ferguson condescendingly speculated that the only possible reason for the states’ opposition to the bathroom directive is their “negative attitudes, misunderstandings, or misplaced fear about transgender people.”

Ferguson also asserted that “their [the states] allegations of safety risks are unsupported hyperbole.” In fact, according to Ferguson, the federal government’s bathroom directive will “overwhelmingly benefit the public.”

Attorney General Ferguson must be unaware of the rash of numerous unsettling incidents sparked by policy changes allowing anyone into whichever facility they choose. The University of Toronto temporarily suspended its policy allowing students to use the showers that correspond with their gender identity last fall after male students were accused of recording females showering in the women’s locker room.

Earlier this month, police in Idaho arrested a man, who identifies as a transgender woman, after he took pictures of a woman changing in a Target dressing room. Other similar incidents have occurred at Target stores in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Texas, and Ohio.

Join FPIW in our fight to restore sanity to locker rooms in Washington State!

Read the Obama Administration’s Mandate Letter to Public Schools

 

The Obama Administration has sent a letter mandating all public schools in the United States change their locker room, shower, and bathroom policies to allow entry to anyone, based only on how the individual identifies or expresses their gender internally, and not based upon their biological status.  This mandate also extends to sports teams.

This means that any boy can enter the girls locker room or showers, so long as he claims internally to feel like a girl, or vice versa. Simply claiming that one feels like a female is now sufficient proof to allow unrestricted access to these private places where girls will be in various states of dress and undress.

You can read the full letter here.

Sign our petition to tell President Obama to mind his own bathroom!

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.

New YMCA Policy Worrying Parents — Act Now!

Article by Rich Stuart, Oct. 29, 2015

On Oct. 5, the Tacoma area YMCA partially reversed a policy of opening locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms to the opposite sex, after alarmed members and citizens protested to YMCA officials. The policy, begun without notice in April, extended to 165,000 Pierce-Kitsap County members.  It allowed any members to use the facilities of the opposite sex if they identified with that gender — no questions asked.

In speaking to YMCA officials, members emphasized that they wanted transgender persons fully included in YMCA activities, but that the private showers and bathrooms, which they were already using, provided the comfortable and correct alternative to the April policy. These private facilities are available to anyone with special needs, including families with young children.

Reacting to citizen input, the YMCA reversed the policy in the locker rooms and showers of nine family YMCA branches in the Pierce-Kitsap County Association. However, the policy remains in full force at the two downtown Tacoma YMCA’s and in all bathrooms of the family YMCA’s, so the fight is far from over.

A Brutal Week

On Monday, Sep. 28, word trickled out that a home school PE group had arranged that their locker room be cordoned off at a YMCA branch, after reports that a man was seen dressing in the women’s locker room.

Alarmed parents and citizens in the community feared that the plight of these children may not be limited to the one YMCA branch, but could be extended to people of all ages in all YMCA branches in the Pierce-Kitsap County Association. They saw also that anyone could abuse this policy by pretending to identify with the opposite sex to enter their and commit crimes of voyeurism, indecent exposure, and even worse. A man could even be present with an undressed girl alone at slow periods when no one else was in the locker room. Overwhelmed with shock and disbelief, the few parents and citizens who heard about the policy prayed, and then they acted.

The YMCA had given no notice and had placed no signs at the entrances of locker rooms and bathrooms warning members that they might encounter persons with the anatomy of the opposite sex inside. Overwhelmed with shock and disbelief, the few parents and citizens who heard about the policy prayed, and then they acted.

Citizens and members were urged to call the branch YMCA’s and the association office to ask if it was really true that members ‘identifying’ with the opposite sex could enter locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms — with no questions asked.  The word spread to the local pastors associations, and they, too, called called YMCA officials to express their serious concerns.

At the end of the week, exhausted YMCA officials said they had fielded over a thousand phone calls.  With four hours notice on Sunday, the YMCA used its website and social media to call an afternoon meeting with concerned members and citizens at the YMCA branch where the policy had first come to light.  But only thirty members of the public caught wind of the meeting and attended.

Trying to control their anger, these concerned citizens told top YMCA officials that they should reverse the policy immediately.

Late the next day, Monday, Oct. 4, the YMCA officials returned calls to those who had left messages and announced that they had partially reversed the policy in the nine family YMCA branches, though it would remain fully in effect in the two downtown Tacoma YMCA’s and in all bathrooms.

Many questions remain to be answered.  How could it have ever been law that required the YMCA to institute the policy as they claimed, if after one week they reversed a large portion of the policy?  As for the rest, there are actual state laws against voyeurism and indecent exposure.  These crimes are much easier to commit with impunity in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms where the policy is in effect, according to a Puyallup Police Department spokesman.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, concerned citizens will be meeting in Tacoma with the Family Policy Institute of Washington’s Grassroots Director, Danille Turissini, to learn how to carry this cause and others to the legislative halls of Olympia.  If anyone wishes to attend, please contact Rich Stuart at rsdavidssling@gmail.com.