California bill requires transgender bathrooms in nursing homes

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A new bill in California is forcing nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities to put into effect transgender restroom policies.

State senator Scott Wiener announced the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights this month.  The bill allows people to use the bathroom of their choice and also requires employees at the facilities to use the name and pronoun of the resident’s choice. In addition, the bill would prohibit nursing homes from assigning rooms based on biological sex.

Wiener claims the new law is needed to “protect LGBT seniors from discrimination.”

Section 1 of the bill states: “Many LGBT seniors are members of multiple underrepresented groups, and as a result, are doubly marginalized.”

The bill has a section explaining gender identity as follows:

“Gender identity’ means a person’s identity based on the individual’s stated gender identity, without regard to whether the self-identified gender accords with the individual’s physical appearance, surgical history, genitalia, legal sex, sex assigned at birth, or name and sex, as it appears in medical records, and without regard to any contrary statement by any other person, including a family member, conservator, or legal representative. An individual who lacks the present ability to communicate his or her gender identity shall retain the gender identity used by that individual prior to losing his or her expressive capacity.”

According to reports, The Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization, wants the bill dropped, arguing it will target religious organizations.

The group wrote a letter to the Human Services Committee and added, “If some poor soul suffers from delusions causing them to believe that they are someone famous, as the bill stands, the staff would be required to call the individual Napoleon or whomever historical figure the resident is fixated on.”

The bill faces “a violation of either the Long-Term Care, Health, Safety, and Security Act of 1973; the California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act; or specified provisions providing for the licensure and regulation of health facilities,” as stated by the legislative counsel’s digest.

H/T: Daily Caller

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