Catering to the LGBT community once again, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order earlier this week that allows those who consider themselves “transgenders” access to all government restrooms in the nation’s largest city.
This decree permits a person from any “gender” to decide whether he or she would like to use bathrooms or locker rooms that are designated for men or women within New York City.
This new order that was signed to give in to the demands LGBT activists, applies to facilities located on all municipal properties. Within its parameters are all city playgrounds, pools, public parks, recreation centers, agency offices and some museums.
De Blasio insists that the order is forwarding “civil rights” in New York City, which he called the “birthplace” of the fight for LGBT rights.
"Today's order makes it clear that New York City fully supports the right of every New Yorker to use the single-sex facility consistent with their gender identity," the mayor of America’s most populous city expressed in a statement after signing the order, according to Reuters.
The progressive-minded politician went on to insist that the new access to men’s and women’s restrooms awarded to transgenders — based on their individual self-proclaimed gender identity — across the city is “a fundamental human right” … one that LGBT activists have said is long overdue. He commented that this is just the beginning.
"Every New Yorker should feel safe and welcome in our city — and this starts with our city buildings," de Blasio proclaimed.
In adherence to the new city law declared in the signed legislation, all New York City agencies are ordered to post the controversial policy in conspicuous areas at the aforementioned locales within three months. It is also mandated that all of the city locations must train all employees within two years to strictly carry out and ascribe to the new order.
According to some statistics, there are about 25,000 individuals in New York City who self-describe themselves as transgenders or individuals who consider themselves to be “gender non-conformists.”
De Blasio referred to New York City — with its large homosexual community — as being at the forefront of American cities pushing for LGBT rights, such as San Francisco and Washington, D.C., because of an historic event that took place in The Big Apple nearly 50 decades ago.
“New York City became known as birthplace of the modern gay rights movement as the result of an uprising in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwhich Village tavern that catered to a wide array of gay patrons,” Reuters’ Carrie Dedrick reports. “Police raided the inn, looking for liquor violations, and met with unexpectedly strong resistance that became a nearly weeklong series of sometimes violent demonstrations against police harassment and was later known as a pivotal moment of the gay-rights movement.”
A spreading movement?
New York City is by no means the pioneer in awarding special “rights” and privileges to the LGBT community.
Just last month, the Charlotte City Council in North Carolina passed legislation that closely reflects New York City’s recent transgender restroom order. In the wake of the passage of Charlotte’s ordinance, legislative leaders in North Carolina have vowed to take measures to block the ill-received law before it is enforced city-wide.
Also ceding to the demands of LGBT activists, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a pro-family bill last week designed to protect women and children from sexual predators. If the bill was signed and passed, it would have made South Dakota the first state to restrict transgender students from using restrooms or locker rooms to only those that correspond to their natural gender at birth.
Several months ago before the close of 2015, it took voters in Houston, Texas, to ultimately defeat — by a large margin — a hotly contended “bathroom ordinance.” It was designed to establish new and controversial nondiscrimination protections for “gay” and transgender people throughout the city.