A situation involving a former ACLU leader and a controversial bathroom policy reflects concerns raised by another organization.
It has now been widely publicized that Maya Dillard Smith, the former executive director of Georgia's ACLU chapter, resigned over the battle to allow transgenders to use the restroom or changing room of the gender in which they identify.
Last week, Smith told Fox News Channel's The Kelly File that she had an incident in California that gave her a lot of pause. (See video below)
"Before my recruitment to Georgia, in my native California, the Bay Area where I am from, I took my young daughters, I have three daughters, I took the youngest two into a women's restroom, a public women's restroom, and shortly after we were in entered three transgender young adults, all over six feet, all with really deep voices, all obviously men," Smith told The Kelly File.
"My children were visibly frightened. I was very uncomfortable, and it engendered a lot of questions from my daughters for which I was ill-prepared to answer."
California law has, for a few years now, allowed transgenders such access.
"So since my arrival at the ACLU, I have been actively seeking out information and asking questions," Smith continued. "As we advance, as there is an effort to advance transgender rights, what are the implications on the rights of women and girls? What are the implications on the rights of parents?"
Smith's situation comes as conservative groups such as American Family Association are boycotting Target over its policy allowing transgenders to use the restroom and changing room of their choosing. According to AFA, sexual predators could take advantage of the policy, thereby putting women and children at risk.
"This proves our point and it's what we've been saying all along," says Walker Wildmon of AFA. "Allowing men free access to women's restrooms and changing rooms is a dangerous policy."
Wildmon adds that it's nice to see someone other than conservatives being open about their concerns over such matters. Dillard Smith is a Democrat.
"We met with Target in May," says Wildmon, "and they respectfully heard our concerns and heard us out, but they refused to change their policy and thus, our boycott has continued and it's still going strong."
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