Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Nashville DA Glenn Funk won't enforce bill requiring businesses to post signs for transgender bathroom access. He says he refuse to enforce "hate."

 The Tennessean: Nashville DA won't enforce 'hate' bill requiring businesses to post signs for transgender bathroom access.

Rod's Comment: 

The bill passed into law and signed by the governor requires that if a business allows trans people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify that they must post a sign outside the public bathroom that says, "THIS FACILITY MAINTAINS A POLICY OF ALLOWING THE USE OF RESTROOMS BY EITHER BIOLOGICAL SEX, REGARDLESS OF THE DESIGNATION ON THE RESTROOM."

My view is that this bill was probably unnecessary. I assume that if some woman who identifies as a man goes into the men's bathroom, "he' will go into a stall to do his business. After all, he can't whip it out in public because it is not there.  And women, do their business sitting down anyway, so one would never know if a biological male who looks female uses the women's bathroom.  I doubt the "woman" is going to blow her cover by exposing herself. If you have used a public restroom with a person who is biological of the other sex, but who identifies as of the opposite sex, you probably are not aware of it. I don't see this as a major problem needing to be resolved. Also, I suspect most businesses have never bothered to establish a policy on this topic. This looks like a solution in search of a problem. This was unnecessary grandstanding and virtue signaling.

Likewise, I doubt the DA's office spends any resources now ensuring men do not use the women's bathroom or checking the signage on bathroom doors. DA Glenn Funk is himself engaging in a little grandstanding and virtue signaling.

When I first read this story, I was going to write that the State should withhold funding to the DA's office. Upon reflection, however, I conclude that it is better to just ignore Funk and let this controversy die. This is much to do about nothing on the part of both Funk and the State legislature.  

Also, if my favorite big box store or bar or restaurant does post such a sign, I am not joining in any boycott of that establishment.  This is just not that important to me.  Will good liberals boycott establishments that do not post such signs?  Probably not. I actually think few people really care about this issue.  I know the cultural wars are raging but I cannot generate much passion around this topic. Some issues are just better ignored. 

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