OPINION: Dillard Smith’s Resignation is Questionable
(APN) SAUTEE NACOOCHEE, Georgia — It seems we are in the silly season. I’ve seen a lot of “tempests in a teapot” in my life, but the reaction of Maya Dillard Smith, the former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, to “three transgendered adults” in the women’s restroom, takes the cake.
“My children were visibly frightened… [and] concerned about their safety…” she said, in a statement first reported by Atlanta Progressive News.
[Editor’s note: APN’s coverage has led to national coverage of the incident, including by national Fox News television.]
Good grief! What had she told them to elicit such a response? What other boogeymen has she introduced to these poor children?
Okay, so the individuals were, allegedly, “over six feet tall with deep voices.” What made her decide they were transgender?
If they were transgendered and had used the men’s room, they might well have been beaten up by male homophobes.
The last thing most transgendered people want is to be singled out as abnormal.
Ordinarily there is very little to indicate an individual is transgendered. Biological females can take hormones that make them grow facial hair. A biological male can take hormones that enlarge breast tissue.
But either way, both need to pee, and all restrooms have private stalls for the serious stuff. What’s the problem?
As for Georgia’s ACLU, they need to a better job of vetting their hires. They don’t need fearful, prejudiced people working for them.