Times Editor: Transgender Equality ‘Endangers Every Single Female’
Washington Times senior opinion editor Emily Miller took to the op-ed pages to decry a new Maryland bill that aims to protect the transgender community from discrimination.
Last week, Maryland lawmakers approved a bill called Fairness for All Marylanders Act, aimed at stopping discrimination against transgender people in housing, credit, employment, and public accommodations.
Miller, however, believes the “bathroom bill” will lead to an increase in sexual assaults and thinks that men will use the opportunity to just start wandering into women’s bathrooms.
“The most dangerous impact of this new law is that a man cannot be stopped from going into a women’s bathroom, locker room or pool changing room,” Miller wrote. “The state does not specify that a person must have undergone a sex-change operation to have their legal rights of ‘gender identity’ protected. A man doesn’t even have to dress like a woman. To be considered transgender, you just have to give a ‘consistent and uniform assertion’ of believing you are supposed to be the opposite sex. Or, a person has to provide evidence that the non-biological sex is ‘sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.’”
Miller went on to assert that “No one knows exactly how many people believe they were born the wrong sex and want to act out on it. A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report in 2012 estimates that 0.2 percent of the population is transgender. Even if we accept this very high count, that means 12,000 of the 6 million Marylanders will benefit by this law that endangers every single female.”