Men Now Allowed to Use Women’s Showers in Houston

Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker has been a busy bee in regards to fighting for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, but has she completely stomped on the rights of the straight community while doing so? A few weeks ago, Pfhub reported on the mayor’s outrageous demands for Houston area pastors to turn in their sermons for review. Now Parker has gone so far as to sign into law an ordinance which allows men to enter women’s restrooms, showers, and dressing rooms…and vice versus, according to Truth and Action.

Equal Rights Ordinance Passed “After Intense Debate”

According to MSNBC, Houston’s city council approved a new “equal rights ordinance” after an intense debate which included such voices as Mike Huckabee. “H.E.R.O.” (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) is said to protect those other than just the gay and lesbian community, and has provisions for prohibiting discrimination “based on “sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy.”

Bathroom Clause Removed, Lawsuits Still Allowed

In the original draft of HERO, there was a bathroom clause, which stated, Section 17-51 (b) “It shall be unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to deny any person entry to any restroom, shower room, or similar facility if that facility is consistent with and appropriate to that person’s expression of gender identity. It shall be a defense to prosecution for discrimination on the basis of gender identity under this article, however, if the defendant had a good faith belief that the gender or gender identity of the person discriminated against was not consistent with the gender designation of the facility.”

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What many reporters and news sites are failing to reveal however, is that this section of the ordinance was removed before it was signed into law. There is still one issue, however, according to MSNBC, “The clause was ultimately removed, but transgender people can still file a discrimination complaint under the process outlined for all protected classes.” This means that men can still enter a women’s restroom, and vice versus, and if they are stopped, they can file a discrimination suit. So, what was the purpose of removing the clause? Gary Alanis, a Houston resident who opposes the ordinance and spoke at Wednesday’s City Council meeting explained, “It’s a threat to our wives, our children and our grandchildren knowing that our spouses and children may be exposed to potential sexual predators disguising themselves as transgenders.”

What Do You Think?

While it is important to protect the rights of our citizens, it is not possible to please everyone. It is also not lawful nor moral to protect the rights of a few by stomping on the rights of others. The right to personal safety is one that should trump the right to express your sexuality. No woman should be afraid that when she takes her little girl to the restroom, some pedophile may be in there posing as a transgender just to feed his sick desires. Removing the clause did nothing but trick those opposed to it into passing the law, since those who are denied entrance into restrooms of the opposite sex can still file lawsuits. Some may feel being politically correct and/or allowing “gay pride” is the right thing to do, but no one’s feelings should cause our children to be placed in danger. What do you think? Comments welcomed below.

  • AutumnDenver

    I think your article is ridiculous fear-mongering. There is no reason to believe trans people pose any threat to your wives or children and the insinuation that they are a threat is insulting, mean and unkind. We can never allow unsubstantiated and unreasonable fear be the basis to deny other people’s civil rights.

    • Angela Kaye Mason

      I did not say that transgenders pose any type of threat….what I said was, “No woman should be afraid that when she takes her little girl to the
      restroom, some pedophile may be in there posing as a transgender just to
      feed his sick desires.” I suggest people read the article before responding to what wasn’t even said.

      • AutumnDenver

        So by your logic: because pedophiles can pose as transgender people to attack women and children in the bathroom we should exclude transgender people from the bathroom. How come we allow women to use the bathroom because not only are some pedophiles women, but male pedophiles can pose as women and attack women in the bathroom.

        You can’t answer that, because all you appeal to is unsubstantiated fear. I’d hate to be so afraid all the time.

        And you continue to imply transgender people pose a threat to women and children by claiming that allowing transgender people to use the bathroom would allow a pedophile to pose as a transgender person and attack women and children. Even if you are not saying trans people are pedophiles, your argument is that they’re civil right to use the restroom poses a threat by allowing pedophiles to pose as them.

        If you are truly concerned with alleviating women’s fears when entering a public restroom you should probably stop writing articles like this that stoke the unreasonable fears of others. Plus, what you are advocating for is a system wherein a person’s gender is subject to examination by others. Do you really want to live with gender police?

        • Angela Kaye Mason

          By my logic, we should have a men’s and a women’s restroom as we do now. Many Walmarts now have a third restroom which they call a “Family Restroom” where men and/or women can go. Why not a third transgender restroom. In my opinion, it is ludicrous to think that having men allowed in the same restrooms as women and children won’t pose a problem when there are almost 800,000 sex offenders in the United States…or about 250 for every town of 100,000 people.. (if you town has more people, you likely have more sex offenders.) Those sex offenders are banned from even living near a church, school, or any place where children may gather including playgrounds, etc, but we are going to make laws that allow them to go into the same restroom?!? There is a huge difference between stirring up fear and informing the public. Also, this law is what is “advocating for is a system wherein a person’s gender is subject to examination by others.” Since the law included the clause, “It shall be a defense to prosecution for discrimination on the basis of
          gender identity under this article, however, if the defendant had a good faith belief that the gender or gender identity of the person
          discriminated against was not consistent with the gender designation of
          the facility,” then lawsuits were inevitable that would open up the question of whether or not the person had a good reason to feel that the alleged perpetrator was not transgender. THAT is welcoming in the gender police. Having a third restroom is not. I am sorry, but most Americans with any common sense in their head will not be comfortable with grown men in the same restroom as their little girl..or grown women in the restroom with their young sons…(and yes, I agree, there are female pedophiles..such as the many school teachers who have had sex with young boys…want them in the restroom by your little boy?) So yes as long as there are such absurdities in the law taking away the safety of many to appease the hurt feelings of a few, then I will continue to write about them.

          • AutumnDenver

            Then you will continue to advocate for the oppression of others based on unsubstantiated fears. Your articles will undoubtedly bring shame to your grand children as your views are pushed to the dustbin of history.

            • Bill Birdis

              I was taught an interesting game while in the U.S.Army. A length of wire is held between the right and left hand. The hands are then crossed and the wire in placed over the head of, let say, a transgender or any other similar sicko. By swinging the left hand hard to the left and the right hand hard to the right it is possible to cut completely through a head of cabbage or lettues or neck.

          • N7

            A third bathroom makes a lot of sense. But that would mean the political left is making a concession, and they don’t like to do that. They like to shove their garbage down everybody’s throats whether they like it or not, and if you don’t like it, you’re a racist bigot.

    • N7

      You really think that no one will abuse this? Women aren’t going to go into men’s bathrooms. It’s going to be the men going into the women’s bathroom and showers. Men are bigger and stronger than women. I think to protect women’s rights, we should be careful about letting men into women’s bathrooms and showers just because they say that they feel like they’re women.