“The transgender lobbying organization ‘Freedom Massachusetts’ is backed by dozens of insurance companies, law firms, big banks and San Francisco tech companies trying to force their values on all of us,” according to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which is also fighting the bill. But Ryan says the teachers unions’ support calls into question the underlying quality of public schools.
BOSTON, March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill that would allow adult biological males to shower or change alongside young girls has earned the endorsement of two prominent teachers unions in Massachusetts.
State legislators are considering a bill that would specifically open all public restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to transgender people.
“An Act Relative to Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination” (H.B. 1577) would add “gender identity” to the state’s protected classes able to access all public facilities, such as private changing areas. Lawmakers specifically exempted “lawfully sex-segregated facilities” when it passed a 2011 ordinance granting transgender people protected legal status, but included school restroom facilities.
“The issue with the latest bill is not that it opens up opposite sex restrooms in the schools, because they’re already open in the schools at this point in Massachusetts,” Sean Ryan, director of communications for the pro-family watchdog group MassResistance, told LifeSiteNews.
“This pending legislation opens the floodgate to adults being able to victimize children in public facilities,” Ryan continued. “Erasing the distinction of sex and allowing men to use opposite-sex facilities is a predator’s dream.”
The Massachusetts Teachers Association – the state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) – and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts announced that they support H.B. 1577. So have two professional organizations of public school administrators: the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.