According to conservatives, anti discrimination policies allowing transgender people to use restrooms and toilets conforming with their gender identity would create confusion and inappropriate behavior. Supposedly, it would encourage straight, cisgender, male creeps to abuse the rule. Up until now these policies have caused zero incidents, but In the early evening of Feb. 8 a first one seemed to occur, when a man walked into the women’s locker room at the Evans Pool in Seattle and took his shirt off.
When the staff confronted him, he stated: “The law has changed and I have a right to be here.” He was referring to a state policy saying buildings open to the public must allow transgender people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms they identify with.The man who used the women’s locker room at the Evans Pool did not identify as a woman nor as a transgender person, so he didn’t conform with the existing policies and was subsequently sent to a gender neutral family restroom. The same man is reported to have returned several hours later when young girls were changing for swim practice.
The move turned out to have been a protest, rather than being a first incident proving the point opponents of these anti discrimination policies are trying to make. It also happened two days before a state senate vote on an anti-trans bathroom bill.
As it turns out now, male conservatives are goaded into using women’s restrooms in order to prove a point. Over the last two months, Facebook users who support the anti-trans discrimination bills in the state legislature have been suggesting that men should invade those spaces in order to drum up support for the legislation. On the Facebook page for “Keep Locker Rooms Safe,” a group supporting the anti-trans bills, one commenter responded to a “call to action” like this, The Stranger reports:
Danni Askini, executive director of the Gender Justice League, claims that this example proves the Human Rights Commission policy is working. “The person was asked to leave and did leave,” she said. “Our opposition has repeatedly called for people to make protests like this—which is incredibly disappointing of them—to prove a point. This person did not assert that they were transgender, which I think shows that this person did not have a sincerely held gender identity.” She also pointed out that the standards in case law for other protected classes—like religious belief—show that the identity has to be “sincerely held and consistently asserted”.