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Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

Regarding locker rooms, it's very unlikely that a transwoman isn't going to find a stall to change in or something if she actually still has a penis. Most of us are modest enough that we don't want to get stared at while we change any more than someone else does. We don't want to be seen as awkward. What would look wrong is if someone who has feminine characteristics (even if she's not 'pretty') walked into the men's locker room. Men would scramble to cover up- or to tell her that she's in the men's room, and ask her to leave if she didn't. If this law causes any change in locker room behavior at all, it will likely be that gym memberships increase with some people that use the stalls to change.

September 28, 2011 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

No. It would be a hate crime to refuse to rent to them because they are transgendered, or to refuse to hire them because they are transgendered, or to spraypaint "deviant" on their car or something.

September 28, 2011 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

I'm sorry. I have looked into it much further, and you cannot. I was able to change my birth certificate only because I was born in Iowa. If a person is born in Kansas, they cannot change their birth certificate without full genital reconstruction. I am legally male now, but was not 2 years ago, and had I been born here (as opposed to simply having taken up residency) I would not be legally male today.

September 28, 2011 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

Do you propose an ordinance denying gays and lesbians public restroom access?

September 28, 2011 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

What we do not have, and I hope we never have, is a law that says you have to be "pretty enough" to use the restroom. If someone is sick enough to rape or molest someone in the restroom, he is probably already masquerading around in women's clothing and doing it. He has never had to be pretty to get into the restroom, and this law is quite unlikely to change his behavior. Predators don't care what the law is. They're already in violation. GLBT people are not allowed to rape people, and a predator would not get off the hook by claiming to be transgendered.

September 28, 2011 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )