Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LifeSiteNews: A misleading and irresponsible narrative on trans access

Ben Johnson
Wednesday, the headline from Ben Johnson at LifeSiteNews.com is “North Carolina man arrested for indecent exposure in women’s restroom.” The labels are “bathroom bills, North Carolina, Obama administration, transgender.” They go on to explain:
A North Carolina woman says she fears for the safety of herself and other women in her state after a man reportedly entered the women's restroom of a popular Charlotte restaurant and fondled himself.

On Sunday, the woman said she was using the women's restroom at the 7th Street Public Market when she saw an obviously masculine foot in the stall next to her.

Then she noticed a male voice moaning.

“He was playing with himself,” she told WCCB-TV with obvious hesitation.
LifeSite is running this story solely because they think that it contradicts providing transgender accommodations. The problem with that is twofold. Firstly there is no indication that the man is transgender and secondly North Carolina explicitly prohibits, by force of law, transgender access. Neither the presence nor absence of a transgender access law would have affected this man's behavior in any way whatsoever.

Continuing to claim that trans access compromises the safety of women and children is irresponsible. There simply is no evidence to support that narrative. Some municipalities have had these laws in place for many years without incident. Minnesota's was enacted, for example, in 1993. 23 years without incident. LifeSite's claim is not only irresponsible, it is a falsehood.

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