Washington Commission Issues Statewide Rules Requiring Allowance of Men in Women’s Restrooms

Toilet1OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Human Rights Commission has issued statewide rules requiring that public facilities allow males who identify as female and vice versa be allowed to use the restroom that is consistent with their “gender identity.”

“All covered entities, except school districts or other primary and secondary schools, shall allow individuals the use of gender-segregated facilities, such as restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and homeless shelters, that are consistent with that individual’s gender identity,” the rules read.

“In such facilities where undressing in the presence of others occurs, covered entities, except for school districts and other primary or secondary schools, shall allow access to and use of a facility consistent with that individual’s gender identity,” they mandate.

The regulations, which took effect on Dec. 26, also state that if a person is uncomfortable with having a member of the opposite sex in the room with them, it is the person expressing discomfort who should be moved to a different restroom.

“If another person expresses concern or discomfort about a person who uses a facility that is consistent with the person’s gender identity, the person expressing discomfort should be directed to a separate or gender neutral facility, if available,” the section on “gender-segregated facilities” outlines.

The rules additionally prohibit employers from mandating that men who identify as women dress like men on the job, and vice versa.

“[T]his is the first statewide mandate that forces businesses to cooperate with a customer’s confusion about his or her gender,” Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, said in a blog post about the matter. “While we sympathize with individuals who struggle with gender dysphoria, it isn’t appropriate to deny all women and girls their right to privacy in response.”

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He opined that new rules conflict with state law and urged residents to call upon legislature to undo the HRC regulations.

“This arguably creates a conflict with the state’s indecent exposure law…, which otherwise prohibits exposing yourself to others while ‘knowing that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable affront or alarm.’ Or maybe women no longer have the right to be alarmed at the sight of a naked man in the women’s locker room,” Backholm said.

“While this rule was created through rule making authority delegated to the Human Rights Commission, the legislature has every right to fix this,” he continued. “And they should.”

As previously reported, in 2012, concerns arose after a man who goes by the name “Colleen Francis” was reported to the police following complaints from parents whose daughters witnessed the man exposing his body parts by sitting naked in the sauna at Evergreen State College.

One report said that police were contacted by a mother whose 17-year-old daughter was “upset because she observed a person in the women’s locker room naked and displaying male genitalia.”

A coach also confronted the man and asked him to leave, as according to the police report, “she observed Colleen sitting with her legs open with her male genitalia showing.” But the college ultimately upheld Francis’ use of the girls’ locker room despite concern from parents.

“We have to follow a nondiscrimination policy with the state,” outlined spokesperson Jason Wettstein to reporters. “State law doesn’t allow us to ignore gender identity as one of the protected classes.”

Police Chief Ed Sorger contacted the district attorney to see if charges of indecent exposure could be pursued, but was advised that the case would be difficult to prosecute as criminal law is “vague” surrounding the matter.


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  • Guest

    Note the incongruity, they are complaining about a rule change from December 26th and use an example from 2012.

    All cases of actual lewd behavior can still be prosecuted, and as the deep casting into the past those complaining require just demonstrates problems with this are rarer than hen’s teeth. The vast majority of trans people are very considerate of others.

    Do they really want trans with full beards in the ‘ladies room’?

  • Ruth Davis

    I’m praying I never have to use public restrooms . This is sinful .

    • gizmo23

      I personally don’t care who is in the stall next to me

      • Ruth Davis

        That’s you . Any man pretending to be a woman can use our bathrooms , and it puts women and children at risk for rape . It’s opinions like yours that put us at risk for anything to happen .

        • gizmo23

          What’s to stop a straight rapists from doing that now?
          I really think this is a non issue

          • Ruth Davis

            You must be homosexual.

          • gizmo23

            You must have secret desires

          • Ruth Davis

            Yes for my husband , but that what heterosexual have . Desire for each other . Next

        • Elie Challita

          Because rapists are well known for respecting bathroom ordinances. And as we all know, bathrooms are well-secured fortresses that women and children can defend against potential rapists with slings and arrows, but only as long as the rapist is wearing proper male attire

  • afchief

    What does one expect coming from the loony left coast!

  • Guest

    Why is this statement of fact removed?

    Note the incongruity, they are complaining about a rule change from December 26th and use an example from 2012.

    All cases of actual lewd behavior can still be prosecuted, and as the deep casting into the past those complaining require just demonstrates problems with this are rarer than hen’s teeth. The vast majority of trans people are very considerate of others.

    Do they really want trans with full beards in the ‘ladies room’?

    • Angel Jabbins

      What statement of fact was removed in the reporting of this story? Could you be specific?

    • Balerion

      Do they want trans men with full beards in the ladies room? Because if one is forced to use the facilities based on their assignment at birth, that is what you’d end up with.

  • Oboehner

    Here comes the whack-job brigade taking away any privacy people might have in the restroom. I’m thinking if men want to hang out (so to speak) in the women’s can because they claim they are really women, someone should help out by removing the part that says otherwise.

    • Elie Challita

      You do realize that most people identifying as the other gender than the one they were assigned at birth do want to get their gender surgically reassigned, right?

      • Oboehner

        What they really need is mental help.

        • Elie Challita

          Yeah, gender reassignment is a complicated process, which does involve psychological counseling.
          You do realize that therapists dealing with a transgender patient will monitor that patient very closely for a long time to make sure that they actually identify as another gender, and that it isn’t a passing fancy?

          • Oboehner

            If they are still pretending to be something they are not, the “therapy” obviously isn’t working.

          • Elie Challita

            Yes, they are pretending to be the gender they were assigned at birth, as opposed to the gender they actually identify with. Thank you for admitting that.

          • Oboehner

            Birth gender is their gender, anything else is a mental defect.

          • Elie Challita

            Mind if I look at your psychology credentials, Dr.?

          • Oboehner

            It’s really not rocket science.

          • Elie Challita

            Still, I’m wondering why I should believe you over the entire scientific field of psychology

          • Oboehner

            Hardly the entire field.

      • Oboehner

        But do tell how the grown man (pretending to be a female) hanging out in the girls locker room with his “junk” exposed isn’t just another pervert exposing himself to underage children.

        • Elie Challita

          Why is a grown man exposing himself to a 6-year old boy better than exposing himself to a 6 year old girl?

          • Oboehner

            Perhaps in your twisted mind, but nobody said anything about a 6 year-old boy.

          • Elie Challita

            You’re the one claiming that men exposing themselves lewdly to underaged girls is a problem. I’m asking you, why is it worse for men to inappropriately expose themselves to young girls, but not to young boys?

          • Oboehner

            So you don’t think it’s a problem? Get help.

          • Elie Challita

            I’m not saying that indecent exposure isn’t a problem. I’m asking you why you think that indecent exposure by men towards girls is worse than indecent exposure by men towards young boys.

          • Oboehner

            What difference does it make, seriously?

          • Elie Challita

            It makes you a hypocrite, my friend. Nobody bats an eye at having grown men sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with boys, because we don’t expect most men to start furiously masturbating around young boys.
            Do you honestly think that a transgender individual would automatically assault or act lewdly towards members of the opposite sex if they shared a bathroom with them?
            For that matter, do you think that a man who happened to find himself in the women’s locker rooms would automatically lose control of himself and assault everything in sight?

          • Oboehner

            Really, a grown man should be able to expose himself wherever he wishes?
            Exposing one’s male organ’s to a locker room full of teenage (and younger) girls is most definitely lewd at the very least, or are you all for that?

          • Elie Challita

            1- If it’s a gender-specific place, then no, someone of the opposite gender shouldn’t be exposing themselves in there.
            2- Transgender people are medically considered to be of the gender they identify with, and the majority will try to get the reassignment surgery done. Even those who don’t, don’t consider themselves to be of their birth gender. A male-to-female transgender person in a women’s locker room is as likely to molest one of them as any other woman in there.

          • Oboehner

            Male genitalia is male genitalia, regardless if some whack-job claims to be a woman. Exposing that to underage girls is twisted no matter the intent, it’s the act itself.

          • Elie Challita

            Genitalia is genitalia, regardless of gender or identity. Exposing that to underage children is twisted no matter the intent, it’s the act itself.
            Care to tell me why your statement makes more sense than mine?

          • Oboehner

            Care to tell me how it does not? If some whack-job claims to be a woman it’s ok to expose himself to underage girls, but if he doesn’t it a crime? Does the total ridiculousness escape you, are you that far gone?

  • 201821208 :)

    “And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female” Matthew 19:4

    • Becky

      Amen.

    • Elie Challita

      Intersex people are a thing, you know.

  • http://www.smbelow.com Steven

    “she observed Colleen sitting with her legs open with her male genitalia showing.”

    There are times that I find myself laughing, even though what I’ve witnessed or experienced isn’t funny. The quoted sentence above is one such instance. I say start coding the changing/restroom facilities XX or XY. That way, you do everything by genetic makeup. 😛

    • Oboehner

      What, you don’t think some pervert who get his jollies exposing himself to underage girls deserves to be a protected class?

    • Balerion

      And you know what? All this moral panic provides the perfect smokescreen for actual perverts like this “Colleen” to cry “discrimination”. Never mind that that sort of behavior would be wildly inappropriate even at a nudist resort.

  • Nidalap

    Now see, I can’t seem to stop thinking about the ‘I’m a six-year-old girl’ trans guy now! Perversion on parade…

    • Becky

      I was thinking the very same thing.

  • Brad Bryant

    Thank you Obama for the “change”!

  • McFerguson

    Thanks to liberal loons 2 percent of the population now dictate to the other 98 percent as the world is turned upside down in Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy. This is what Obama wanted when he promised to “fundamentally transform America,” where being normal is now considered a “microaggression” against the left.

  • Becky

    So, even children are fair game are they? They’re simply going to dismiss their indecent exposure laws just because a near 50 year old man thinks he’s a woman, therefore feels he has the right to be nude in the presence of a minor…a girl. Rubbish! What will it then take for it to be considered indecent exposure?

    • Elie Challita

      Do you consider it OK for a 60 year old man to start masturbating in front of a 6-year old boy in the men’s bathroom?

  • Joe Soap

    I’m OUTRAGED!!!!!…………………….Nah, I’m not.

  • OTIC

    Sounds like time to do some renovations. Make all restrooms a single seater. That way everybody gets to use what ever label room they want but still have privacy. Unfortunately that means longer lines but it seems the only way.

  • Kelly Jenkins

    Tell you what….if I see Taylor Swift or Katy Perry walking into a women’s room I am “suddenly” going to identify as a female and hope to get a peek, LOL.