For many of the nation’s most vulnerable women – abused, escaping abuse and/or homeless – emergency and residential shelters run by church groups and other non-profits are a godsend. They are places where these women can go to get out of severe weather, have access to basic necessities, and be able to be connected with social work help to find the services they need to improve their situations.
Now, thanks to a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule that puts the nation’s homeless shelters in line with high schools, public buildings and Target stores, any man claiming to be “transgender” gets to shower, and sleep with the women if he so chooses. From Breitbart:
According to David Stacy, government affairs director at the Human Rights Campaign, the new rules maintain that, “Transgender women are women regardless of whether they were born male,” The Hill reports.
“If you’re a transgender woman and you walk into a homeless shelter and they treat you like a man, it’s traumatizing” for the man-who-wants-to-be-a-woman, the activist added. “These people are already vulnerable, they’re homeless, they don’t have a job. To face discrimination the entire time they’re there is a real problem.”
Never mind the women who walk into a shelter wanting to be safe from men who may be abusing them. Just like teenaged girls in suburban high schools, and the female customers at Target, we girls know darn well and good that such a rule is open for abuse. In fact, the people who run the shelters are already seeing and hearing the worst fears of the real victims of transgender laws – women – come true.
John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, said he’s already heard that the new rules are creating a problematic situation.
“One of the guests at a rescue mission overheard someone on the street saying, ‘Dude, if you go down to the rescue mission and tell them you’re transgender, you can sleep in the women’s dorm and even shower with them,’” Ashmen told the paper. “So that idea is out there, but I don’t know of any missions that have called the police because of it.”
People who actually believe that voyeur and desperate men would actually honor women’s preferences rather than fake being transgender just to get a good look, claim that the law is not meant to exploit women for explicit desires. However, those who run the shelters and actually look out for women who are at their most vulnerable question the way the HUD rule has been pushed on the nation.
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association also criticized the rule, calling it all about politics. “Why do you have to force other people to feel really uncomfortable, and in some cases unsafe, just to make your political point?” he asked.
Wildmon also worried that the rules would be too easily abused and would likely put women seeking a safe place to sleep in danger of being harassed — or worse — by sexual predators.
Which should be everyone’s worry when it comes to men in the ladies room regardless of where it is. It is the one place we girls can go for some true privacy. Why does the government want to take that from us?
By the way, many of us girls would prefer to not shower with other women, let alone men who do not have our best interests at heart.
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