While the McCaulley/Noem Administration-Elect decides just how mean it can be to transgender South Dakotans, Massachusetts voters affirmed their state’s law prohibiting discrimination against transgender people for peeing where they want by a 68%-t0-32% vote. Unlike South Dakota’s fundagelical ostriches, Massachusetts voters listen to decency and science:
If you’re the kind of person who is passionately opposed to the state’s 2016 transgender accommodations law, sometimes called a “bathroom bill,” what you really need to believe is that giving trans people access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their choosing is a threat to public safety. Think of the children, say groups who oppose the anti-discrimination law, like one called Keep MA Safe, who urge you in TV commercials to imagine your daughter, gasp, sharing a restroom with a trans woman.
But a new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has found that just isn’t the case. Researchers in the peer-reviewed study pored over police records in Massachusetts communities, comparing those that had “bathroom bill” transgender protections on the books in the two years before the law passed with those that didn’t, and found no link between anti-discrimination rules and the bathroom-related crimes that we we’ve been warned about [Spencer Buell, “A New Study Shows the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Hysteria Is Unfounded,” Boston Magazine, 2018.09.12].
Voters in Massachusetts chose fact and the welfare of transgender children over the false scare tactics of grouchy right-wing extremists. If only South Dakota’s incoming Governor and Legislature were that honest, caring, and smart.