Word that the gay and lesbian anti discrimination bill will not allow them to use any public restroom they want has prompted some transgendered individuals to pull their support from what they now say is a 'bigoted and incomplete' proposal being floated at City Hall, 1200 WOAI news reports.
As a way to gain support of religious conservatives for the measure, sponsor Councilman Diego Bernal has added language to the proposal which specifically states that
"Nothing herein shall be construed as directing any policy regarding the use of restrooms, shower rooms, or similar facilities, which have been designated for use by persons of the opposite sex,"
That prompted several transgendered individuals to say they will oppose the measure.
"We do not leave anybody behind," one transgendered individual told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "If anybody in the LGBT community is left behind than we won't support it. It's everybody or nobody."
City Attorney Michael Bernard stressed that the law will not allow transgendered people to use the 'bathroom of their choice.'
"People are going to go to the restroom the same place two weeks from now that they went two weeks ago," Bernard said.
But transgendered individuals say that is not right.
"We feel right now that to leave them out is going against everything that we stand for," the individual said.
Meanwhile, last night's public hearing brought out hundreds of angry Christians and conservatives.
"I don't think it has anything to do with civil rights," one woman said. "I don't think they should be a protected minority."
Several protesters said being gay is a 'choice' and people should not receive special legal protections for the choices that they make.
"It doesn't matter what anybody does behind closed doors," one woman said. "Just don't infringe on my rights."
Despite repeated claims by sponsors of the bill that it will not force anybody to 'accept or embrace' the gay lifestyle, it is obvious that Christians and conservatives are not happy.
The biggest applause line in last night's public hearing came when one speaker suggested that the controversial issue be put up for a public vote, something which is not going to happen.