Lake Ray says Barack Obama’s transgender school bathroom position is unconstitutional
Lake Ray is making moves again.

Lake Ray

Many conservatives on the national level have strongly critiqued Barack Obama‘s decision to link Title IX school funds to a mandate for transgender bathrooms.

At least one prominent conservative in Northeast Florida is equally piqued over the directive to require public accommodations for transgender students to allow them to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Exhibit A: State Rep. Lake Ray, a candidate for the GOP nomination in Congressional District 4, on Friday condemned the executive branch directive regarding transgender bathrooms in schools in the strongest possible terms in a brief written statement.

“The actions by the Obama Administration are alarming to say the least. Our students should feel safe when attending school and their safety extends to the comfort of using the restroom or locker room without fear.” Ray said Friday, “Once again, the Obama Administration has gleefully circumvented the Constitution. When I am in Congress, I will restore American confidence and return common sense and decency to the country.”

Ray didn’t offer detail on how the executive directive “gleefully circumvented” the Constitution, yet that certainly is a phrasing and position that won’t hurt him in the competitive race for the Republican nomination to succeed outgoing Rep. Ander Crenshaw in the House of Representatives.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


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  • ProfBanzhaf

    May 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Despite some media reports that a new federal order will permit any anatomical male claiming to be transsexual to use female bathrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms, GWU is experimenting with an alternative technique which may comply with the directive without compromising the privacy or risking the physical safety of female students.

    The federal letter reportedly states that “a school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so,” and that “to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities.”

    But it appears that GWU’s experimental all-gender multi-user restroom would meet these conditions.

    It satisfies the needs of transsexuals (as well as transvestites) – who dress in a manner inconsistent with their anatomical sex – to be able to have ready access to conveniently located restrooms without having to declare any particular gender preference or identity, while at the same time insuring that girls and women will not find anatomical males (transgender or otherwise) in their female restrooms.

    What GWU has done is simply to re-designate what was formerly a typical men’s restroom – with 3 urinals, 1 toilet in a stall, and 2 wash basins – as an all-gender restroom.

    Since the percentage of students who are transsexual is very small, most of the time the room functions as any other male restroom would, with many men able to urinate in a short period of time.

    However any person – including not only transsexuals, but also transvestites, men who are simply bashful, have shy bladder syndrome (paruresis), etc. – can enter this restroom without exposing themselves or identifying with any particular gender, and relieve themselves in the privacy of the stall.

    Because typical women could even use this stall toilet if time is short and the lines at the nearby women’s room are too long, both F2M and M2F transsexual students can relieve themselves in the room’s toilet without revealing anything about their anatomical or identity gender.

    Since in most buildings male and female restrooms are usually close together, this system would open up almost half of all restrooms to transgender students, and seemingly comply with the directive that transgender students not be forced to use single-seat restrooms if other students need not do so.

    While such a system would occasionally expose typical male users to an anatomical female, most men seem unconcerned about any potential privacy invasion and, unlike the reverse situation, have no real fears about suffering sexual assaults or even rape from anatomical females.

    So this approach – converting all or at least most male restrooms into all-gender restrooms – may very well provide a quick and easy way to comply with the new federal directive, .and do so without adversely affecting transsexuals nor typical girls and women concerned about privacy and sexual assaults.

    PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PROFESSOR JOHN BANZHAF

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