Background on the Open-Bathroom Rule
In December, the Human Rights Commission of Washington quietly enacted WAC Rule 162-32, mandating that all public accommodations — including schools and businesses — grant access to shower facilities, locker rooms, and restrooms based on the individual’s internal ‘gender identity’ or ‘gender expression’. Not only does this new mandate require people to completely ignore biology and reasonable concern for safety in private places, but it also restricts an individual’s ability to question the motives of an individual entering those facilities.
This policy sets dangerous precedent.
Business owners run the risk of being sued if they speak out to protect the privacy of their customers. Coaches and gym teaches are no longer able to make sure their young athletes are able to shower and change their clothes in a safe setting. 14-year old girls must get comfortable with the idea that an individual with male anatomy, even in an aroused state, can change clothes next to them in a locker room, so long as that individual claims to feel like a woman internally.
This rule makes what is illegal on the street, legal in locker rooms and showers. It must be stopped.
- Watch: What does this rule mean for women and children? Answering FAQ’s
- Read the full text of the bathroom rule, in effect today
- Why the bathroom rule is worse than we originally thought
- Meet the Human Rights Commissioners who adopted this rule
- Learn how the Commission has failed to address concerns
- Responding to inadequate defenses of the rule
- Transgender bathrooms are the real war on women
- Watch: How the open-bathroom rule affects churches and ministries
- Write a letter to the editor
- Learn how to communicate effectively on the transgender bathrooms issue
- Access FPIW’s talking points on the issue
- Email your legislators about your concerns
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- Sign and share FPIW’s petition to repeal the open-bathroom rule
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