Skip to comments.Ontario rights chief defends man’s ‘right’ to be nude in women’s change rooms
Posted on 02/01/2014 10:41:50 PM PST by Morgana
TORONTO, January 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) The head of Ontarios human rights commission is defending the right of transgendered men to use womens changing rooms in response to a womans complaint that she was ogled by a naked man who was sexually aroused at her local Y.
In a letter to a Toronto Star ethics columnist earlier this month the woman complained that the man, who claimed to be transgendered, asked her uncomfortable questions, including if she "came here often."
"I understand that gender is no longer judged solely by genitalia," the woman wrote to the Star, "but does a brief contact with the duty manager mean that men not yet committed to gender reassignment are free to disrobe anywhere they choose?"
In a letter to the editor January 13th, OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall insisted unwanted sexual behaviour is never acceptable, but also charged that the womans complaint advance[s] some common misinformation that has caused serious harm to the transgender community.
Hall said there is no documented case of a heterosexual man gaining access to a women's changeroom by "posing as transgender," but charged rather that "a stereotype of connecting transgender people with wrongdoing and being sexual predators" has put "transgender persons more at risk than anyone else of being harassed, abused, assaulted, or even killed."
Hall also dismissed continued calls to the OHRC "to segrate (sic) transgender people into separate bathroom and changing spaces, for the good of the larger majority," as nothing more than a "practice based on fear and stereotypes.
She said such proposals are exactly opposite the vision of Ontarios Human Rights Code, which is to build an Ontario based on inclusion, where everyone feels a part of and is able to contribute to the community."
"The Ontario Human Rights Code exists to benefit all Ontarians," Hall concluded, "including transgender people, who often have a daily battle to overcome the barriers that misunderstanding, fear and intolerance cause."
The Star's columnist Ken Gallinger suggested that the man's behaviour in the women's change room was not only disrespectful but probably illegal.
"I dont know, obviously, whether the person you encountered was truly trans, or merely a poseur getting his kicks," Gallinger wrote.
"The physical evidence makes me suspect the latter," he stated.
"In any event, this persons behaviour was unacceptable and, arguably, illegal. I urge you to report her (him?) to the management. People like this cant be skulking around locker rooms, not because of gender issues, but because they have no respect for boundaries and could be dangerous. Be very clear about the nature of your fears; you were the victim of an inappropriate sexual advance."
Christina Blizzard of the Sun News Network was more strident in her remarks on Hall's response to the woman's story, noting the hypocrisy the OHRC is displaying.
"We have women-only swim times at an aquatic centre in Regent Park in order to accommodate certain religious and cultural minorities for whom communal bathing is a no-no. And the OHRC supports that," Blizzard said in a "Straight Talk" video segment titled "Political correctness shouldn't trump common sense."
"It begs the question: If a transgendered woman with a penis busts a female Islamic swim class in downtown Toronto, whose human rights take precedence?
"It was a question I wanted to ask Hall," Blizzard said. "Sadly, though, she did not want to be interviewed for my column Tuesday. A call to her office elicited the response that Hall said everything she wanted to in her letter."
Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner Ontario Human Rights Commission 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 900 Toronto, Ontario M7A 2R9 Phone: (416) 326-9511 Toll Free: 1-800-387-9080 Email: email@example.com
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This is what PC libtardism has wrought.
Soon it will be childrens changing rooms and then who knows what else
Used to be a guy in a girls’ room would be ushered out ( and if he tried it again, arrested). Now government ministers advocate for the sicko.
Keep it at HOME!
It seems to me that a transgendered person should be very loath to disrobe in front of anyone and thus expose their unwanted parts!?
I question the guys bona-fides.
I don’t see what the problem is. We let naked women into the men’s changing area all the time...well, we would but they never show up.
Affirmatively participating in another person’s delusion will not cure their mental illness.
More than once I’ve seen a woman enter the men’s room with men present because, as is often the case, the women’s room has a long line.
“It begs the question: If a transgendered woman with a penis busts a female Islamic swim class in downtown Toronto, whose human rights take precedence?
According to my bi-annual sexual harassment class, the transgendered person has the superior rights. If you have religious objections, they don’t count.
I think the larger issue is cultural. Do we still protect our female children and adults from unwanted exposure to male genitalia? Do we still promote the concept of modesty in not exposing female private areas to non-females? I sure as heck don’t want my granddaughter exposed to this.
"We've all gone crazy lately" Elton John
Ist that a fitting room or a rest room? I’ve seen both.
Good Lord what are they judged by....there is some other 'talia'?
We could end this all by merely laughing in the faces, very publicly and every time, people say and do crap this stupid.
Basic psych 101 folks. People go along with it to not be seen as outside the mainstream. So make mocking idiocy mainstream.
government now protects the perverts and charges those opposed to perversion.
look up, He’s coming back any day now.
That’s when I’d shoot the bastard.
A two by four would work too.
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