THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The Helena, Montana, city commission is on the right track with a trans/LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. The first vote taken on it passed unanimously. However, to get to that point, an amendment was added that restricts certain trans people’s access to some facilities when nude.
The restriction: “In any place of public accommodation where users ordinarily appear in the nude, users may be required to use the facility designated for their anatomical sex, regardless of their gender identity.”
Not all commissioners are on board with the amendment however. Commissioner Katherine Haque-Hausrath says it is a violation of privacy but voted for the ordinance as amended. A final hearing and a vote on the ordinance is scheduled for December 17, 2012.
I am hoping that between now and the 17th, the city gets input from transgender legal advocates and do something about that amendment. For one thing, in the case of some trans people, their “anatomical sex” consists of both genders. Amendments ought not be proposed by people without a bit of background inquiry into the subject.
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