Privacy for All? Not So Much

Written by SK Ashby

Last month a Kentucky state senator, C.B. Embry, introduced a bill that would prohibit public schools from permitting transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they identify as and award cash money to anyone who witnesses and reports a transgender student using the "wrong" bathroom.

Fortunately Embry's heinous legislation was defeated after he thoroughly embarrassed the state, but that doesn't mean would-be bathroom police in other states won't attempt to pass similar laws.

The so-called "Privacy for All" coalition in California has introduce a ballot initiative called the "Personal Privacy Protection Act” that would thoroughly violate your privacy by carefully scrutinizing your personal plumbing if you're a transgender student. And that's not at all.

The initiative would also award cash money to anyone whose privacy was violated when they violated someone else's privacy by tracking and reporting their bathroom access.

“Such claim includes equitable relief and damages up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and attorney’s fees that may be determined by a court,” the proposed initiative reads. Anybody “whose privacy was actually violated” — presumably just by seeing a perceived-transgender person in the bathroom — or who decided not to use a bathroom because there was a perceived-transgender person inside would find relief under this claim. In other words, the law would place a bounty on transgender bathroom usage.

The idea that violating someone else's privacy is actually a violation of your privacy is a bit like claiming tolerance is actually intolerance; that being unable to refuse service to specific customers because of their minority status is its own form of oppression.

The so-called adults who introduce this kind of legislation have no place in modern society.

If there's anyone out there who should be carefully scrutinized, it's these anti-LGBT activists who evidently spend great amounts of time considering the mechanics of transgender children and their bathroom use.