Last month, the organization teamed up with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) to push the gender-neutral bathroom policy to be passed with the local Human Rights Commission, aiming to ultimately force all businesses and churches to adopt the policy in their bathrooms. LGBTQ groups such as the Rainbow Center, the Oasis Youth Center, and liberal politicians Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Governor Jay Inslee, Derek Kilmer, and Danny Heck were all involved in a meeting to discuss the measure.
Locker room policy at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Seattle, Washington, now allows self-identified “transgender” males to shower with 15-year-old girls. Controversy surrounding this decision has led many to question the organization and even cancel their memberships.
According to an inside source at the YMCA, the decision had been brewing ever since March of this year, when a “open door” policy for trans individuals was being discussed. In April 2015, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties established a “no questions asked” policy, allowing open access to locker rooms without stating genders.
Sources notified The Daily Wire that the YMCA executives in charge were aware of this and deliberately avoided disclosing the information to members for fear of backlash. After the YMCA Homeschool found out about the policy in September, Jill Wade, a mother in the group, went on the Todd Herman Show and expressed her concerns about allowing transgendered men in locker rooms with young girls.
While this decision had been lauded by trans activists and several LGBTQ community members, the policy was met with overwhelming backlash on social media from the public and organization members, who feared the obvious consequences of allowing self-assigned gendered people to shower together with others.
“We’re a Christian organization and people come to us specifically because they think we’re promoting family,” a concerned employee told The Daily Wire.
Autumn Bennett, a mother opposing the policy, expressed concerns that criminals will abuse the policy by posing as transgender to gain access.
“This, for me, has nothing to do with discrimination against any other sort of groups,” she told Fox Q13 News. “It has everything to do with the safety of children. If you can’t control who can go into the bathroom, then how can you know who’s safe?”