Public safety is no longer the business of this government.
Should visitors to Traverse City feel comfortable any longer about the safety of their families/children in our public restrooms? Not because of dysfunctional little boys who think they are girls, or ..the other way around. Not because of a special rights law, or ordinance that the Traverse City government is forcing upon business owners. (which is already being done in other ways)
But because there is now there is being broadcast, by official proclamation, a sense that a gender neutral bathroom scheme is the thing to do in our newly enlightened culture; that there is a need to allow men and women, women and boys, men and girls to take care of nature’s business and perhaps discuss the issues of the day in a unique side-by-side.
From the Ticker:
Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution Monday stating Traverse City will make an effort to provide gender-neutral bathrooms within city buildings and encourage other community businesses or organizations to provide at least one gender-neutral restroom in their place of business.
Mayor Jim Carruthers noted the resolution was referring to “single-stall occupancy, lockable bathrooms,” which could accommodate a wide range of users, including single parents with opposite-sex children and individuals with disabilities. “We’re not talking about talking a public restroom that has multiple stalls and just all of the sudden letting mixed genders go into that,” Carruthers said. Werner confirmed, however, with City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht that the resolution allows individuals to use public restrooms based on their personal gender identity or expression, which Trible-Laucht affirmed.
Read the rest, (it’s short) and then check back on the comments often. Already there are folks who are “Proud” of this commission’s actions. They are “proud.” Let that sink in.
In the meantime, we’ll just let the authorities sort out the expression of the day, OK?
Oh, and maybe let visitors guess which of our local bathrooms might contain a ‘surprise’ guest.