It's a great irony that Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D) says she supports "women's rights" when she co-sponsored the Equality Act that was recently passed in the House of Representatives.
This bill seeks to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community, which sounds reasonable enough, although you rarely hear of such incidents. However, when you see the outcome of the transgender policy and laws already in place, it is horrifying what is happening to women and girls.
For example, look at the Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska, a women's shelter that provides a safe place for abused women – usually from sexual or physical assault by men. The shelter is being forced to accept biological men into the center where they could sleep within arms reach of the women in the shelter.
Another is the incident in the public schools of Decatur, Georgia. Pascha Thomas' five-year-old daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male classmate in the school bathroom. The school seems to have done nothing and hasn't given assurances they would prevent this boy from entering the girls bathroom again.
And finally, women's athletics will be forever changed if this bill becomes law and allows biological males to compete with females. This would prevent biological women from competing on a fair playing field. Just look at the what happened in the Connecticut track championships where transgender girls won first and second places in the same event.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has voiced concern about the potential end of Title IX because of this bill, and Duke Law Professor Doriane Lambelet Coleman declared this "will be the end of girl's and women's only sports."
I hope that Rep. Wexton would be more sensible and would work to protect all women and girls in the bathroom, shelters and the playing field.