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Bevins Troubled By Part of Transgender Bill

Public accommodations language continues to dog legislation.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, an Oliver Beach Democrat, said a controversial part of a proposed bill may need to be amended before the council takes a final vote Monday.

Bevins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she supports the legislation but is concerned about language that many fear opens the door to allowing men, who now identify themselves as women, to use women's bathrooms.

"It's an issue for (constituents) so it's an issue for me," said Bevins.

On the whole, Bevins said she continues to support the bill.

"I'm against discrimination," said Bevins. "I don't think anyone should be discriminated against."

The council will discuss the anti-discrimination bill sponsored by Councilman Tom Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat, during a work session in Towson this afternoon.

Bevins joins Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat who also is co-sponsoring the bill, in .

Other council members said the language regarding public accommodations has drawn the most opposition.

Quirk, in previous interviews, said the law does not require businesses to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

There now appear to be enough members of the council to approve an amendment that would eliminate the language from the proposed law.

Quirk has declined to say if he would be open to amending out the language, which has been a sticking point in similar legislation at the state level.

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Michelle Gould February 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM
There is a problem for those who want to force one to use the gender assigned at birth as i see it. It will force transgender female to male people to use the women's restroom and the could have a day-old beard. Would this not traumatize Children? If they did not force the FtoM person to do that and force the MtoF to do so would that not be sexual discrimination?
humanist February 15, 2012 at 03:46 PM
trans people are not child molesters, perverts, or freaks. they are people who have taken the courageous stance on being the men or women that they feel they have been since birth, despite having private anatomy that classifies them otherwise. they are upstanding citizens and deserve respect and equal rights like everyone else. misogynists and homophobes have issue with men who "give up their male privilege to degrade themselves as women," or women who "want to be men to gain that privilege." there is nothing wrong with being a man or a woman inherently. what is wrong is judging someone because their anatomy is different than yours or than you want theirs to be, which is none of your business to begin with. it is not a form of mental illness, it is not a disability. it is a fact of life that some of us are men and some are women and that it doesn't always physically match up. i agree with the comment that says i don't think i want to see a trans man with a beard in the women's room, and i don't think men want to see trans women using the men's room, either. but that's what this amendment would ensure. the option the opponents of this bill are really fighting for is the total dehumanization of transgender people (i've even heard opponents recommend euthanasia), and that is not an option in out society. this bill needs to pass un-amended, so that women can use the women's room despite others not knowing whether they have a penis or not, which is no one else's business.
Roxane February 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
If a cross dresser or a transgender enters a bathroom of his/her choice and molests a child, will the owner of the establishment be liable to a lawsuit? The lawyers are in line now.
Buck Harmon February 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
When does a transgender officially become a transgender by law?
Buck Harmon February 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Still waiting for some answers Cathy...

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