NOM Openly Lobbies To Repeal CA Law Protecting Transgender Students
October 24, 2013 4:54 pm ET by Luke Brinker
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) attempted to stoke baseless fears about bathroom harassment as a result of California's new law protecting transgender students' rights to use facilities and play on sports teams that correspond with their gender identities, ignoring the fact that no such behavior has ever occurred.
In an October 24 message to supporters, NOM President Brian Brown cheered the "bathroom backlash" greeting the law, claiming that the law authorizes "bullying" by "forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms." Brown touted the campaign to overturn the law, which is headed by NOM Political Director Frank Schubert. According to Brown, "anybody with common sense" would oppose protections for transgender students:
I know it sounds like the end of a "slippery slope" scenario: "If we don't do this or that, then we will have boys in the girls' locker rooms". But it is true.
California's legislature approved it and Governor Brown signed it into law. It will take effect on January 1, 2014. Starting on that day, any boy can claim to identify as a girl and start using the girls' bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. And girls can claim to identify as boys and use the boys' facilities.
It will be an absolute right. There is no check or safeguard to assure that the claim of gender identity is sincere. But let me be clear, even if there were safeguards to assure that the claim of gender identity is sincere, I would still object to forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.
Because nakedness trumps sincerity. I do not want a naked boy in front of a young girl in the shower or bathroom even if he sincerely identifies as a girl.
How can we claim that this will decrease bullying, when forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms IS bullying?
Thankfully Californians are having a bathroom backlash.
There is a plan to stop this law from being implemented and allow the voters to reject it. But that plan depends on you and me.
NOM California has joined the coalition of Privacy For All Students to qualify a referendum to overturn this law. I am asking all supporters of true marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and anybody with common sense, to take a stand for privacy and safety by supporting this referendum.
Brown provides no evidence that the law will lead to bathroom "bullying," and that's because no such evidence exists. School districts that have implemented similar policies report they've had "nothing but positive results." The only supposed instance of misconduct turned out to have been made up by the right-wing Pacific Justice Institute, but that didn't stop news outlets like Fox News from reporting the fake story anyway.
Amid the right wing's fear-mongering about the California law, there's been too little focus on the fact that access to proper facilities is key to addressing the high rates of bullying and harassment faced by transgender students. NOM and its allies, it seems, would rather gin up the very transphobia that feeds such problems.