President Obama issued a decree allowing transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice. ACLU supported the measure – but the head of Georgia’s ACLU chapter, Maya Dillard Smith, could not – for a very personal reason that hit too close to home.
Before her recent transfer to Georgia, while still in her native state of California, Smith took her three young daughters into a public restroom. While in the restroom, three transgender young adults entered the restroom. Smith says they all three were over six feet tall, with deep voices, and very obviously male.
She says this was the last straw for her. “My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer.”
Since her transfer to Georgia, Smith, who is a Democrat, says she has been seeking more information about the transgender issue, and asking questions. “As there is an effort to advance transgenders’ rights, what are the implications on the rights of women and girls?”
She resigned from her position with the ACLU, saying it became clear “we were principally and philosophically different in opinion.” The ACLU has already posted a help-wanted notice on their website seeking a replacement to fill the role.
“Despite additional learning I still have to do, I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent,” she said.
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