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MD police official: Transgender rights bill did not lead to rapes, assaults in public restrooms

Friday, January 20, 2012

TOWSON, Md. — Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger says that allegations that rapes and sexual assaults occurred in public restrooms following passage of a transgender accommodation law are “untrue.”

The assertion comes in response to opposition to a transgender rights bill introduced Tuesday in Baltimore County, Md., by freshman Democratic councilman Tom Quirk — his bill would protect transgender people and allow use of restrooms according to their gender identity.


Thomas Manger

In a letter sent to Quirk last week, Manger wrote, “Since this law has been in effect (in Montgomery County), we have had no reported rapes committed in restrooms by men in women’s clothing.”

But the leading opponent of the measure, Ruth Jacobs, president of Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government, said lawmakers should be concerned about women’s safety.

“Promoted as a ‘gender identity anti-discrimination bill,’ Human Relations Bill No. 3-12 forces the public to recognize men as women, thereby allowing men access to women’s bathrooms, This takes away from a woman being a woman,” Jacobs said.

“These people are confused about their gender,” she added. “The bill is a direct attack on women’s privacy.”

Mark Patro, president of the Baltimore County’s Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG), told The Baltimore Sun, “This bill is about protecting people from discrimination. The bill is not about bathrooms.”

The proposed law appears to have enough support on the seven-member county council to pass.

In addition to Quirk, three other council members — Democrats Vicki Almond, Cathy Bevins and Kenneth Oliver — have signed on as sponsors. The council plans to discuss the legislation at a work session in Feb. 18.

Restroom use by transgender individuals in Baltimore County suddenly became an issue last spring when a transgender woman, Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was attacked following a confrontation with two female patrons over use of the women’s restroom in a Rosedale, Md., McDonald’s restaurant.

In addition to Montgomery County’s law, neighboring Baltimore City and Howard County have anti-discrimination laws. However, the bathroom provision is a controversial issue. The issue of restroom accommodation sank the Maryland General Assembly’s proposed anti-discrimination law last year.

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28 more reader comments:

  1. and people wonder why I don’t like cops!

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:56pm
  2. Smdh!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:58pm
  3. No one should ever lie about rape, those are ones that really did get rape and their rapist is never caught

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:59pm
  4. how can a pre-op transgender whom is on hormone therapy penetrate with a shrunken flaccid thing that no longer represents a penis ???

    most other genderqueer people wouldnt be capable either !!!

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:03pm
  5. I think what the title is telling us is actually in SUPPORT of the bill to protect Transgendered persons. It appears what he is saying is that the claims that transgendered people raped someone is false

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:09pm
  6. I hate to sound dumb but this story is confusing me.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:27pm
  7. Read the article people! The officer is saying that claims the Bill’s passage WILL NOT lead to rapes from transgendered people. He is responding to those opposed to the bill. And Linda, if this article is a reason to why you don’t like cops, then what are you doing here? Answer: not reading the article and acting off of blind prejudice, that’s what.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:29pm
  8. I think it all depends on how the information is presented. Bottom line- transgendered people are no better or worse then anyone else. Has a transgendered person ever committed a rape? yes i’m sadly sure they have. Does the right for transgendered people to go into the bathroom of their true gender automatically mean they will commit a rape/they will harm others? No. We are all equal.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:29pm
  9. Fearmongering bullshit.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:30pm
  10. I like how Ruth Jacobs, president of Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government is soooo concerned about women’s safety. Yeah bitch, I think you’re a fraud, and that statement’s a front for your f’n bigotry. Like usual, no one seems to look at things from any other side than their own. A Transgender woman is trying to live her life as a woman, not trying to dress up and pretend anything, needs to use the restroom. So, this woman walks up to the restroom doors dressed femininely. She’s supposed to waltz into the Men’s room like that? What are the chances of her safety if she does that? How the hell do you think she feels as she approaches those doors? I know many transgender people, and restrooms are a source of dread for them, not a source of “Oh, who can I rape in THIS bathroom?”

    This is an issue of gender identity, not some false bullshit issue of women’s safety. Transgender people aren’t rapists, Gays aren’t rapists. There are people of all sexualities who have committed the crime, however, that doesn’t make that group the scapegoat for criminal behavior. You want to look at the majority of rapists? Oops, Straight Men. So maybe Ruth, you can lay off the hidden bigotry agenda and STFU.
    One source:

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:58pm
  11. If a man chooses to dress-up as a woman and pretend to be a transgendered person with the sole intent of gaining access to female bathrooms to carry out assaults on women, how is this any different to a rapist dressing as a person in authority etc. to decieve in order to aid him in commiting an offense?

    To discriminate against all transgendered people incase of the possiblity of said scenario ( which as the police officer points out, has not been reported so far) is ludicrous.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 4:36am
  12. A female relative put it best, “I don’t care if they use the restroom I am in as long as they sit down when they pee and don’t get any on the floor!” Fair enough? :-{)}

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:19am
  13. According to the article it was the transgendered woman who was attacked by the biological women.
    Also, transgendered people are mostly confused about how everyone else is going to handle their true genders. Instead of attacking womens privacy, its attacking the privacy of transgendered individuals.
    How can the people who make up the Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government let Ruth Jacobs stand up and talk nonsense? I would like to think an organization that wanted to be taken seriously would know ahead of time what their president is about to say in a public statement.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:35am
  14. Should pass this law in California too! And every where else in the world!

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:04am
  15. Why do people just make shit up???? at least be real in your bigotry… its more respectable (albeit despicable)

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:20am
  16. Couldn’t have said it better myself Tad.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:20am
  17. What do you expect? Ruth Jacobs is just another self righteous uneducated hypocrite.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:33am
  18. if thats a true statement id be suing the fucking pd, thats bullshit

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:34am
  19. wheather ur a fuckin man or woman u can be raped by mean people

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:35am
  20. if anyone tells u otherwise they are fuckin liars

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:35am
  21. this is why I like colorado:

    CR 24-34-601

    (1) As used in this part 6, “place of public accommodation” means any place of business engaged in any sales to the public and any place offering services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to the public, including but not limited to any business offering wholesale or retail sales to the public; any place to eat, drink, sleep, or rest, or any combination thereof; any sporting or recreational area and facility; any public transportation facility; a barber shop, bathhouse, swimming pool, bath, steam or massage parlor, gymnasium, or other establishment conducted to serve the health, appearance, or physical condition of a person; a campsite or trailer camp; a dispensary, clinic, hospital, convalescent home, or other institution for the sick, ailing, aged, or infirm; a mortuary, undertaking parlor, or cemetery; an educational institution; or any public building, park, arena, theater, hall, auditorium, museum, library, exhibit, or public facility of any kind whether indoor or outdoor. “Place of public accommodation” shall not include a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place that is principally used for religious purposes.

    (2) It is a discriminatory practice and unlawful for a person, directly or indirectly, to refuse, withhold from, or deny to an individual or a group, because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or ancestry, the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of a place of public accommodation

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:51pm
  22. CRS 20-34-301: definitions: (7) “Sexual orientation” means a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status or another person’s perception thereof.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:52pm
  23. Yes james thank you. My famiy had someone assult me because they knew i was born Gay. they figured they would teach me a Trans. Can,t be with a lesbian/genderqueer woman.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:54pm
  24. A woman is a woman is a woman. I am a non-Trans woman and I welcome my Trans sisters anywhere that women are….and that is everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:54pm
  25. Every body lies esp. In America watch house. Even the police and Government.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:55pm
  26. An honest police leader – renews my faith. Apparently Ruth Jacobs is using the wrong restroom if she thinks a transgender woman or a man in the restroom violates privacy. Nearly all 99.9999% of the women’s rooms I have been have doors on the stalls.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:01pm
  27. Why? The cop said that there were NO rapes, contrary to the rumors. He was defending the new law.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:36pm
  28. @Sunny Wu
    California already has sexual orientation and gender idenity or expression included in there laws.

    The three states of New York State, Maryland and Dalaware urgently need to include “gender idenity or expression” in their laws – they should pass because of Democrats. New Hampshire and Wisconsin have no hope of passing transgender/gender idenity or expression laws – because Republican dinosauors control the Legislature on a super-majority.

    Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 8:46pm