Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW)
CLAIM: That the State of Washington Legislature has adopted a human rights rule (Washington State Register [WSR] 15-11-104) and enacted a law (Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 162-32-060) that allows men
(i.e. people who actually identify as male and present themselves socially as male) to access girls/womens restrooms and locker rooms without restriction AND that if these men decide to undress in those gender segregated spaces that girls/women who are offended by it will have no recourse but to leave the restroom.
FACT: The Family Policy Institute of Washington claim is part of a coordinated national propaganda campaign by extremist religious, far right cultural conservative and other anti-trans hate entities to misrepresent civil rights protections for transgender girls and women. The phrase “men in women’s restrooms” in ALL of its variations is extremist hate ‘code’ for transgender girls and women using gender segregated public accomodations that corresponds with their consistently expressed gender identity and gender expression.
Rebuttal of FPIW Statements:
1. “Schools must allow boys into the girls’ locker room if they claim to be a girl.”
THIS IS A LIE.
The wording is intended to dismiss the authenticity of transgender girls’ identity by characterizing them as boys. It intentionally twists reality by stating that under WAC 162-32-060 any boy could claim to have a female identity in order to temporarily gain access to locker rooms or restrooms for the purpose of voyeurism, sexual harassment or violence against girls.
WAC 162-32-060 states the following: (1) Facility use. All covered entities shall allow individuals the use of gender-segregated facilities, such as restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and homeless or emergency shelters, that are consistent with that individual’s gender identity.
Contrary to what the FPIW and people like Mike Huckabee (see video) might want you to believe, entering a gender segregated facility for the sole purpose of ogling or sexually harassing girls/women is a violation of existing law in virtually every state. It’s about ‘motivation’ and is vastly different from using a restroom or locker room that is consistent with that individual’s expressed gender identity.
What the Family Policy Institute of Washington and their extremist colleagues in anti-trans hate don’t want you to know is that the claim that a boy would have the right to use the girls’ restroom in school has already been tested and rejected by a court of law. (Doe v. Clenchy, pgs. 12-14)
The Washington law specifically addresses inappropriate (or criminal) behavior in gender segregated facilities:
WAC 162-32-060 covers behavior within gender segregated facilities: (2) (b) Any action taken against a person who is using a restroom or other gender-segregated facility, such as removing a person, should be taken due to that person’s actions or behavior while in the facility, and must be unrelated to gender expression or gender identity. The same standards of conduct and behavior must be consistently applied to all facility users, regardless of gender expression or gender identity.
2. “Women will be removed from the women’s restroom. Naked men will not. The rule states that it is illegal to ask someone who is confused about their gender to use a separate facility for the benefit of women and children who might be uncomfortable.”
THIS IS A LIE AND USES FEAR MONGERING AND HYPERBOLE TO INCITE HATE. IT INTENTIONALLY CONFLATES ‘INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR’ WITH APPROPRIATE USE OF THE RESTROOM FOR IT’S INTENDED PURPOSE.
The law states nothing of the sort:
WAC 132-32-060 (2)(a) If another person expresses concern or discomfort about a person who uses a facility that is consistent with the person’s gender expression or gender identity, the person expressing discomfort should be directed to a separate or gender-neutral facility, if available.
The phrase “confused about their gender” is extremist hate code for any/all transgender persons, and is intended solely to negate the authenticity of transgender individuals’ identity.