Ontario rights chief: man’s ‘right’ to be nude in women’s change rooms
The head of Ontario’s human rights commission is defending the right of ‘transgendered’ men to use women’s changing rooms in response to a woman’s complaint that she was ogled by a naked man who was sexually aroused at her local Y, reports LifeSiteNews.
In a letter to a Toronto Star ethics columnist earlier this month the woman complained that the man, who claimed to be transgendered, asked her uncomfortable questions, including if she "came here often."
"I understand that gender is no longer judged solely by genitalia," the woman wrote to the Star, "but does a brief contact with the duty manager mean that men not yet committed to gender reassignment are free to disrobe anywhere they choose?"
In a letter to the editor January 13th, OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall insisted “unwanted sexual behaviour is never acceptable,” but also charged that the woman’s complaint “advance[s] some common misinformation that has caused serious harm to the transgender community.”
Hall said there is no documented case of a heterosexual man gaining access to a women's changeroom by "posing as transgender," but charged rather that "a stereotype of connecting transgender people with wrongdoing and being sexual predators" has put "transgender persons more at risk than anyone else of being harassed, abused, assaulted, or even killed."
Hall also dismissed continued calls to the OHRC "to segrate (sic) transgender people into separate bathroom and changing spaces, for the good of the larger majority," as nothing more than a "practice based on fear and stereotypes.”