Washington Senate Fails by One Vote to Repeal Controversial ‘Gender Expression’ Rule

Toilet1OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Senate failed by a single vote last week to repeal a rule that required public facilities to permit persons who identify as the opposite gender to use the restroom and locker room that correlates with their preferred identity.

“All covered entities shall allow individuals the use of gender segregated facilities, such as restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and homeless or emergency shelters, that are consistent with that individual’s gender expression or gender identity,” Washington Human Rights Commission rule WAC 162-32-060 reads.

“In such facilities where undressing in the presence of others occurs, covered entities shall allow access to and use of a facility consistent with that individual’s gender expression or gender identity,” it says.

The rule had been issued as a clarification to the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination Law of 2006, and as previously reported, took effect on Dec. 26.

Other regulations passed by the Commission last year 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,” one rule outlines.

Concerned about privacy and safety issues, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R- Ferndale, consequently proposed a bill that would have revoked the facility accommodations rule and prohibited the Commission from making any future regulations regarding transgender use of restrooms or locker rooms.

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“The Human Rights Commission shall repeal the rule currently codified at WAC 162-32-060 in its entirety. The human rights commission may not thereafter initiate any rule-making procedure that involves the subject of gender segregated facilities,” S.B. 6443 reads.

The proposal was debated before the state Senate on Wednesday, as lawmakers spoke out on both sides of the issue.

“I certainly was disappointed in the rule because it definitely does put people at risk,” Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, stated.

“There is no civil right to not be uncomfortable,” argued Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Bellevue. “There is a civil right to be included, there is a civil right to equal protection, there is a right to dignity, and to the privacy of the individual.”

In the end, the bill failed by one vote 25-24. Three Republicans voted against the measure: Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn; Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond and Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island. Two Democrats voted in favor: Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch and Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam.

“Thank you to the 24 senators who voted to repeal a rule put in place by an un-elected board,” Erickson posted on Facebook following the vote. “This is not about bathrooms; it is about locker rooms and shower rooms. There will be an initiative filed to overturn this rule.”

Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, has been among the opponents of the rule.

“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,” he said in a blog post in December.

“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 stated.


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  • Nidalap

    Common sense has degraded to the point that it has become a superpower…

  • Gary Metzger

    No problem. Any perv who comes into a girls bathroom needs to be thrown out by the entire pop, every time this occurs. There is simply no other way to combat this madness, and is ample proof that the loons have far too much power. Who knows how far they’ll go next, but be sure they have no plans to stop. We, the people, must stop them then.

  • bowie1

    Are those supporters of this legislation willing to drop their drawers in public? I wonder if they would be willing to expose themselves in that way and see if they still agree with what they support.

  • Becky

    “…persons who identify as the opposite gender to use the restroom and locker room that correlates with their preferred identity.”

    Not true identity, but “preferred”. Impostors and deceivers is who they are.

  • Herb Planter

    wow talkin bout toilets in politics wtf happened? don’t they got better things to do? boys go in boy’s and girls in girl’s how hard is that ?

  • afchief

    Transgender…….another word for Homosexual.

    • Balerion

      Domo arigato Marco Roboto

      • afchief

        Homosexual………another word for Transgender.

  • Josey

    This should not even be a consideration or topic today, ridiculous. If you have a penis go to the men’s bathroom and vice versa, it’s not about equal rights for all. There is no common sense today!
    The world is sick with a bunch of perverts filled with demons. Just ask those in the state of Washington, Hacker said a 45-year-old male student, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Colleen Francis, undressed and exposed his genitals on several occasions inside the woman’s locker room at Evergreen State College. Students from nearby Olympia High School as well as children at a local swimming club share locker rooms with the college. According to a police report, the mother of a 17-year-old girl complained after her daughter saw the transgender individual walking naked in the locker room. A female swim coach confronted the man sprawled out in a sauna exposing himself. She ordered him to leave and called police. The coach later apologized when she discovered the man was transgendered but explained there were girls using the facility as young as six years old who weren’t used to seeing male genitals.
    “They’re uncomfortable with him being in there, her, being in there and are shocked by it,” parent Kristi Holterman told KIRO-TV. There are even younger girls being exposed to this perversion all in the name of “transgenderism”. This guy should be in jail for indecent exposure not coddled all because he calls himself a woman, a woman he is NOT! He wouldn’t be able to stand upright had I seen him in there, he made himself a perfect target for being kicked you know where.
    Come Lord Jesus, Come…amen

    • Balerion

      I have heard of this *ahem* “person” before. Regardless of its gender identity (I do not know whether it legitimately identifies as female or merely claims to so it can get its rocks off in the girls’ changing room. The only designation I am sure of for that one is “pervert”) its behavior is completely inappropriate and unacceptable. It would be unacceptable for a man to behave in that manner in front of young boys. It would be unacceptable to behave that way at a nudist colony. Even if our society didn’t have this peculiar “obsession” with the human body, and we didn’t need separate changing rooms because we didn’t see anything strange about men and women using the same changing room, this person’s behavior would still be unacceptable. If anything, all these transphobic, holier-than-thou religious types are providing it with the perfect smokescreen, because if someone takes issues with it playing with its d!ck in front of little girls it can cry out that it’s being “discriminated against” because of it’s (claimed) gender identity.

      I should think that if one has “non-standard genitalia” for the gender they present as that they would not wish to advertise that fact, i.e., they would wish to keep their genitalia hidden from view.

      It also seems to me that having one’s gender identity not match the physical sex that they were born as (i.e.m the parts they were born with) is something that would royally suck even without having to deal with all of the vicious discrimination that society mercilessly inflicts upon them.

  • Emmanuel

    If I see a dude walking into a girls restroom and my daughter is in the restroom, don’t arrest me for assault and/or manslaughter. But, my trips to Seattle have been cancelled. No more trips to WA for me.