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States across the nation have varying laws about men into women’s restrooms. 

From The Epoch Times. Octogenarian Julie Jaman was in the shower at a YMCA-managed pool in Port Townsend, Washington, when she suddenly heard a man’s voice.

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“There stands a man in a woman’s bathing suit, looking at, watching, and touching little girls who were taking down their bathing suits,” she told The Epoch Times. …

The man is a YMCA child care worker who identifies as a woman. He was supervising the girls in the changing area as part of his job, as previously reported.

After Ms. Jaman asked an employee to make sure he left the locker room, she was banned from the facility. Permanently.

Many states don’t have laws addressing whether men who identify as women, and vice versa, can or cannot use women’s restrooms and changing rooms.

That means federal law guides what is and isn’t legal in those locales.

Under the Biden administration, the Department of Education has interpreted federal law to allow people who identify as transgender to use restrooms and locker rooms that don’t align with their biological sex, if they choose.

Several states have affirmed that ruling, creating legislation allowing people who identify as transgender to use the restroom that aligns with their declared gender, rather than requiring them to use spaces set aside for their biological sex, according to a review of state laws by The Epoch Times.

More than a dozen states prohibit people from using restrooms and locker rooms that don’t correspond with their biological sex, no matter how they identify. …

When Ms. Jaman asked the pool staffer to remove the man, she said the worker retorted: “That’s discrimination! And you’re out of here. For life!” …

Stunned, Ms. Jaman left and immediately reported the incident to the Port Townsend Police Department. But they didn’t file a report at the time, she said.

The police department later spoke to YMCA staff members and filed a report, reviewed by The Epoch Times, that listed Ms. Jaman as a “suspect.” …

Under Washington state law, all businesses that employ more than eight people must let transgender-identifying individuals enter opposite-sex restrooms. …

In explaining the new state laws, the Washington State Human Rights Commission issued a Frequently Asked Questions document.

One question asks: “Can men now go into women’s bathrooms or locker rooms?”

The answer from the commission states, “No. Only females can go into women’s bathrooms or locker rooms in a gender segregated situation. This includes transgender females who identify as female,” referring to men who identify as female. …

Who’s Allowed in Restrooms?

State law on opposite-sex restroom use is still in its infancy, with many states not yet taking a side.

Currently, the most important factor affecting whether men can enter women’s spaces is federal law, said Sarah Perry, a senior legal fellow for The Heritage Foundation.

Federal rules that ban discrimination on the basis of sex have been repurposed to ban discrimination based on someone’s gender identity, Ms. Perry told The Epoch Times.

Title IX, a provision of the Educational Amendments of 1972, was crafted to bring equality between men and women in most facets of education.

However, the interpretation of the legislation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Biden administration is that the Title IX provides against discrimination related to “sexual orientation and gender identity.” …

The Biden administration’s choice means that the default legal position is that anyone who announces transgender status can use opposite-sex bathrooms in schools, Ms. Perry said.

These Title IX anti-discrimination provisions don’t specifically apply to other facilities, and state laws can block this federal rule interpretation, she said. …

In the long run, legal battles will decide whether the current presidential administration can use civil rights laws to give men a right to enter women’s bathrooms, she said.

Restroom Use Based on Gender Identity

More than a dozen states have amended their laws to include “gender identity” as a protected class subject to anti-discrimination laws. Usually these laws include civil rights protections in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations, which include restrooms.

These states include Delaware, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Some state laws also specifically protect a person’s “right” to use a restroom or changing room that aligns with his or her chosen “gender identity.”

States with specific laws, executive orders, or court decisions that allow individuals to use opposite-sex restrooms include California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, and Delaware. …

States Upholding Single-Sex Restrooms

Other states require people to use only those restrooms and changing areas that align with their biological sex, rather than their declared gender.

States protecting at least some single-sex spaces with laws, rules, or court decisions include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

However, their laws vary in the kinds of spaces protected.

Florida law says that a man who enters a women’s restroom or a woman who enters a men’s restroom can be charged with trespassing. …

Lawsuits, especially regarding transgender policies in public schools, have been driving policy in a lot of states.

A mother in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against her local school district after her 15-year-old daughter was allegedly physically assaulted in the women’s restroom by a 17-year-old male who identifies as transgender female.

The incident occurred at Edmond Memorial High School on Oct. 26, 2022, and the lawsuit alleges that the school district was aware that the transgender student was using the girls’ restroom, a violation of state law.

In Missouri, several lawsuits are underway, including one in which the state attorney general is suing a school district for allegedly discussing transgender bathroom policies in secret. Attorney General Andrew Bailey is suing the Wentzville School District Board of Education over an alleged breach of the Missouri Open Meetings law, in which school boards can only hold meetings that are closed to the public for very specific purposes. …

Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, and Iowa laws protect single-sex spaces in schools through 12th grade. …

Mississippi has a law that restricts the state government from acting against people who establish “sex-specific standards” for locker rooms, bathrooms, and other facilities.

Utah has a similar law in its Anti Discrimination Act, amended in 2023, with the caveat that employers “afford reasonable accommodations based on gender identity” with regard to restrooms, shower facilities, and dressing facilities.

The Fourth Circuit court in Virginia ruled against the Gloucester County school board in 2020, stating that Title IX allows for transgender-identifying students to use opposite-sex restrooms. …

A more recent education policy affirmed in 2023 by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, states that “students shall use bathrooms that correspond to his or her sex, except to the extent that federal law otherwise requires.” …

Share your prayers and scriptures for women and their safety below.

(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)

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Bernadine Reid
December 5, 2023

I live in New Jersey and I am not in agreement with the Transgender laws. What God created you to be is forever settled on earth and in heaven period. My Heavenly Father, is not comfused at all. In the name of Jesus all those trying to make it law will be removed and righteousness will prevail our Nation belongs to God.

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Darlene Estlow
December 5, 2023

Father, I pray for mercy in this chaotic culture. Change hearts and minds to align with your word. Protect wem and girls. May your truth rule our culture

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Jessica Renshaw
December 5, 2023

This subject is disgusting, sickening. Thank all of you who are fighting it. There are so many moral issues to fight in this country now I can only face dealing with one or two of them. But if we each do SOMETHING about the ones that matter most to us, it will help make a difference.

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Suzy
December 5, 2023

We need strong, bold and vocal Christian men whether they be fathers, grandfathers, uncles or brothers to stand up to be the protectors of girls, wives, sisters and female relatives that God made them to be. Men would never allow females (even those with demented minds with fake organs that don’t work) to evade their bathrooms. Females are vulnerable and need the sense of security in the bathroom, shower, sauna, steam room, locker room and other places we congregate to take care of personal needs.

Men can show their support when they sit on these governmental boards, school boards or even as male teachers and instructors and voice their stance on such nonsense. Men need to take some hours out of their work week to volunteer at schools and witness first hand a boy coming out of their daughters/granddaughter’s bathroom and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Father God, you are waiting for the segment of Your Body composed of the Men of Valor to stand up to the fiery darts of satan that are being mounted against females. You have already empowered them with the Holy Ghost to fight the cultural battle and win In Jesus Name! May they also take the Sword of the Spirit and declare the truth of your scriptures in a spirit of love and righteousness. It’s time for the Men to stand up, speak up and clean up this mess! Amen!

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Grant Windholz
December 5, 2023

Lord God, please give women their place of privacy that is well deserved instead of men taking over. This country has definitely allowed Satan be the ruler of America. It can be seen from sports and bathrooms and everything for years! Satan is the prince of confusion and it’s rampant all over the country!!

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Joseph Sullens
December 5, 2023

Father, we live in a crazy and mixed up world where the enemy is telling people that You made a mistake in regards to how You designed and crafted them. I pray that through the power of the Ruach haKodesh, that You would convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgement, that they would turn from their wicked ways and follow after You!
We place Your heavenly angels as sentries to guard every women’s restroom, locker room, and changing area from those who are walking contrary to how You designed them! I come against these spirits of deception in the Name, the power, and the authority of Yeshua haMeshiach and we bind them in chains and fetters and command them to go where to the place Your angels send them!
Father, we pray for revival in our land! Forgive us for our inaction and complacency that let the enemy get this far! We ask that You cleanse our hearts, our churches, our schools, our places of higher learning, and our nation from this scourge of evil and wickedness!
In Yeshua’s Name. Amen!

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