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Michelle Duggar Just Warned that Transgender People are Endangering Women and Girls

Reality star and mega-mom Michelle Duggar has joined her oldest son, Josh, in his fight against gay rights.

Digging in to oppose an ordinance that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Duggar mom recently starred in a robocall warning that if an anti-discrimination ordinance passed, soon sexual predators (aka trans people) would be popping up in bathrooms all over town.

Saying she had “shocking news” to tell the people of Fayetteville, Michelle warned that the law would allow men to use women’s restrooms.

“The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” the star mom advised.

She also said that girls deserved better.

“I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space,” she added. “We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.”

Michelle’s anti-transgender fearmongering, though, is a bit shy of facts.

As Fayetteville’s attorney Kit Williams pointed out, laws are already in place that prevent people from entering the wrong bathroom for an unlawful purpose and the anti-discrimination code does not change that at all, making concerns about predators in the bathroom just nasty rumors that reinforce negative stereotypes about people who are transgender.

Michelle’s robocall also does not appear to have convinced many in the town. Since the robocall was launched, the  ordinance passed in Fayetteville and is now local law.

Photo Credit: Jim Bob Duggar via Wikimedia Commons

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