The forecast for equality is overcast with unjustified fear and loathing:
The most contentious provision would allow transgendered people to use the bathroom in which they feel most comfortable. That’s been the focus of radio ads and thousands of phone messages paid for by opponents. In them, they’ve charged that allowing biological males to use women’s bathrooms could endanger women and children.
Democrat David Howard, who voted to put the issue on the agenda, said he’s trying to find a compromise. He’s heard from both sides – including his wife and daughters, who have raised concerns.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but a big part of being a father is protecting your family from misinformation. The odds of them even coming into contact with a transgender person in a public restroom are infinitesimally small in the first place, much less one who would even contemplate "endangering" them. You'll win the Lottery twice before that happens. Howard isn't the only Democrat flirting with the wrong side on this issue:
“I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me concerned about their children being in the bathroom with adults of the opposite sex,” Barnes said. “The balancing act is, how do we properly address the concerns of the people who want it passed and the concerns of people concerned about their kids, and women concerned about their own safety in the bathroom?”
Democrat Claire Fallon said the public hasn’t really had time to weigh the so-called bathroom provision.
“I have feelings for what the LGBT people have gone through, and I don’t want to make their lives harder,” she said. “But I also don’t want to impose something on the general public that they don’t understand and don’t want.”
I shouldn't have to explain it again, but here goes: Human rights are not and should never be reliant on the will of the majority. The Holocaust is a prime example that should have broken us from that illusion long ago. When a male identifying (and dressing) as a female is forced to enter a men's room to use the facilities, the chance of being physically assaulted is very real, and very dangerous. Much more so than what Howard's daughters have been propagandized to fear. And government (good government, anyway) is tasked with cutting through the haze of rhetoric and enacting laws that reduce the real dangers citizens are exposed to. It's that simple. As the woman who should have been more than just a temporary Mayor says:
“I just believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Democrat Patsy Kinsey. “I believe we’re all God’s children, and we’re all equal. It’s very simple for me.”