On November 20, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the spire of One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge would be lit in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to the Governor’s press release, the structures were to be “illuminated in the colors of the transgender flag [on November 20, 2018] in memory of transgender individuals who tragically lost their lives to hate-based violence and to celebrate the leadership of transgender communities.”
Some Democrats in the State Legislature took the occasion of the Transgender Day of Remembrance as an opportunity to declare their intention to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—a piece of legislation more commonly known as the Bathroom Bill. For years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been able to stop the Bathroom Bill from becoming law. During most of that time, we have been able to block the bill in the State Senate by only one vote. However, in January 2019, a new legislative session begins—and with it a state government under complete Democratic control. Democrats have taken hold of the State Senate and will handily control the chamber 40-23 over the Republican Minority. It is anticipated that sufficient votes will be present to pass the bill.
This year when liberal legislators say they can’t understand why we are so bothered by the Bathroom Bill, we’ll point them to a case out of Georgia. According to the Federalist:
“Last year in a Georgia public school, a five-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a ‘gender-fluid’ male classmate in the school bathroom after a transgender policy allowed him access. He allegedly pushed her against the wall and repeatedly jammed his fingers into her genitals while she struggled. The district refuses to believe the alleged victim and the mother has pulled her daughter from the school, which never notified her of the incident and maintains its bathroom policy.”
Elections have consequences and the 2018 Election likely cost us the votes we will need to halt this legislation. Unfortunately, it will leave more people vulnerable to men looking for easy access to women and children in private spaces.