I like to keep things simple. There was a time, in the not too distant past, when girls were girls, boys were boys. Girls had girl parts and boys had boy parts. They grew up and women continued to have vaginas and men continued to have penises. There were males and there were females. Period.
But, accordingly, to the über liberal Mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, and his equally far left NYC Commission on Human Rights, there are now thirty-one, yes, 31, genders.
You can forget about biology, it’s all about emotions. In other words, political correctness vs. common sense.
According to the Commission, “it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in the workplace, in public spaces and in housing” and businesses who violate this new law can be subject to a fine of up to $250,000.00.
So, here’s the list:
Person of Transgender Experience
“Gender identity” is described as one’s internal, deeply-held sense of one’s gender as male, female, or something else entirety. Gender is expressed through one’s name, pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics.
According to the Commission, if you don’t know what pronouns to use, ask. If you use the wrong pronoun, apologize and move on. Don’t make assumptions about a transgender person’s sexual orientation. I’ve never made such assumptions about anyone. I’m not one of those people who’s interested in someone’s sex life. It’s none of my business and I don’t want to know.
And, finally, if you believe you’ve been discriminated against, you can call the Commission by dialing “311.”
As a prosecutor in dependency court, I remember when I’d be preparing a child to testify and making sure they knew the difference between a truth and a lie. Most of my colleagues used the old standby questions of color – holding up a black pen and asking the child, “if I said this pen was red, would that be a truth or a lie?” Many of the kids we dealt with didn’t know their colors or their numbers and, for me, the one sure question to ask a little girl was, for example, “if I said you were a little boy, would that be a truth or lie?” The child always knew the correct answer. Like I said, things were simple.
I have an attorney acquaintance I’ll call “Tom.” During the day, this person dresses as “Tammy” in the courtroom, but when “Tammy” attends “her” children’s school functions, “she” reverts to being “Tom” wearing men’s clothing and being bald. Like I said, things have gotten complicated.
But this new world of gender identity and expression shouldn’t surprise me. Recently, at Seattle University, some students didn’t see much, if any, difference between even men and women. I was stunned.
I’ve traveled on seven continents and visited over 60 countries. Many of these countries required a visa or some sort of immigration form. Not once, during all my travels, did I see on these forms any option other than describing oneself as either “male” or “female.”
What will a “bi-gendered” person check off on his or her immigration form, passport application, or driver’s license application? Will businesses in NYC have to change their employment forms to include 31 genders now? Will doctors and dentists have to change their intake forms to include 31 genders? Will the U.S. government change their passport application to include 31 genders and will any other country accept “Two-Spirit” as a gender when determining whether to allow someone into that country?
Like I said, things are not so simple anymore.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.