Ge­or­gia ACLU leader re­signs over trans­gen­der bath­room flap

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The di­rec­tor of the Ge­or­gia chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU) has stepped down re­port­edly due to a dis­agree­ment over the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sup­port for trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als to use the bath­room that matches their gen­der iden­tity.

At­lanta Pro­gres­sive News (APN) was first to re­port that Maya Dil­lard Smith left be­cause she be­lieved the or­ga­ni­za­tion was sup­port­ing trans­gen­der rights at the ex­pense of women’s rights. The ACLU and the ACLU of North Carolina (along with Lambda Le­gal) are plain­tiffs in a fed­eral law­suit chal­leng­ing North Carolina’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2, which re­quires trans­gen­der peo­ple to use the bath­room that matches the gen­der marker on their birth cer­tifi­cate.

Ac­cord­ing to APN, Dil­lard Smith ac­cused the ACLU of be­ing “a spe­cial in­ter­est or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes not all, but cer­tain pro­gres­sive rights. In that way, it is a spe­cial in­ter­est or­ga­ni­za­tion not un­like the con­ser­va­tive right, which cre­ates a hi­er­ar­chy of rights based on who is fund­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s lob­by­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Dil­lard Smith ar­gues that trans­gen­der rights have “in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity with other com­pet­ing rights, par­tic­u­larly the im­pli­ca­tions for women’s rights.”

“I have shared my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing taken my el­e­men­tary school age daugh­ters into a women’s re­stroom when shortly af­ter three trans­gen­der young adults over six feet with deep voices en­tered,” she writes.

“My chil­dren were vis­i­bly fright­ened, con­cerned about their safety and left ask­ing lots of ques­tions for which I, like many par­ents, was ill-pre­pared to an­swer,” she said.

“De­spite ad­di­tional learn­ing I still have to do, I be­lieve there are so­lu­tions that can pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tions for trans­gen­der peo­ple and bal­ance the need to en­sure women and girls are safe from those who might have ma­li­cious in­tent,” she said.

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