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Administrators at a public college are claiming that state law allows them to permit biological males who self-identify as females into women’s locker rooms and restrooms on campus.
Officials at Evergreen State College in Washington State stood by the claim in an interview with Campus Reform on Friday despite multiple complaints from females who apparently complained about the presence of men in women’s facilities.
“We have to follow a non-discrimination policy with the state,” college spokesperson Jason Wettstein told Campus Reform on Friday.
“State law doesn’t allow us to ignore gender identity as one of the protected classes,” he added.
“Therefore the transgendered individual has the right to use our facilities, including the locker rooms.”
The college rents their swimming pool and associated facilities out to two high school swim teams and has received complaints from multiple parents who are concerned that an adult man is permitted to enter the woman’s locker room.
In late September a parent called the police after her daughter walked into the locker room and observed a naked man using the sauna.
According to the police report obtained by Campus Reform, the transgendered man in question, 45-year-old student Colleen Francis, was “sitting with her legs open with her male genitalia showing” with girls as young as six years old present.
Police were, however, advised by the local prosecutor’s office that “criminal law is very vague in this area and it would be unlikely they could pursue charges.”
A spokesperson for the local district attorney’s office was not immediately available for comment to Campus Reform.
Francis, however, does not think he has done anything wrong by using the woman’s facilities.
“This is not 1959 Alabama,” he told local television news station KIRO-7. “We don’t call the police for drinking from the wrong water fountain.”
A group of concerned parents disagree. They are now being legally represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and hope to change the college’s policy.
“Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period,” said Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker for ADF.
He added that “a college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that. The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling.”
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