Family Research Council Issue Brief February 2017Family First Comment: This is the key point…“This has led to concerns that such policies—particularly insofar as they permit biological males to use facilities designated for women or girls—could threaten the privacy and safety of the general public, and even lead to an increase in voyeurism and sexual assault. It is important to note that the concern is not that transgendered individuals are more likely to be sexual predators, but rather that sexual predators could exploit such laws by posing as transgendered in order to gain access to women and girls.”“Gender identity” non-discrimination laws—particularly those that apply to schools and “public accommodations”—authorize people to use sex-separated facilities (such as restrooms, locker rooms, and showers) that correspond to their subjective, psychological “gender identity,” rather than their objective, biological sex. This has led to concerns that such policies—particularly insofar as they permit biological males to use facilities designated for women or girls—could threaten the privacy and safety of the general public, and even lead to an increase in voyeurism and sexual assault. It is important to note that the concern is not that transgendered individuals are more likely to be sexual predators, but rather that sexual predators could exploit such laws by posing as transgendered in order to gain access to women and girls. Beyond this, when companies such as Target implement any-sex bathroom/dressing room policies, it encourages criminals to take advantage of these policies to commit crimes. Transgender activists have scoffed at these suggestions, essentially denying that such incidents even occur, but below is a list of publicly reported incidents in which men violated the privacy of women in bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private spaces, demonstrating that the concern about safety and privacy is legitimate:1. WPRI: Man Charged With Voyeurism in Target Bathroom (January 17, 2017)Lincoln, R.I. – A man was charged with video voyeurism after he placed a camera in a Target bathroom. 2. Fox News: Man Used Cellphone to Record Woman Undressing at Target in Dallas, Tex. (September 15, 2016)3. ABC 7: Man Seen Recording Women in Target Changing Room (September 12, 2016)Brick, N.J. – A man was observed reaching under the stalls of a unisex dressing room with a cellphone in a Target store to record women.4. FOX 4: Man Accused of Taking Photos in Target Dressing Room (September 7, 2016)Dallas, Tex. – Police were seeking a man who is accused of pointing a cellphone camera at a woman in a Target changing room.5. Post Register: Transgender woman arrested for voyeurism at Target (July 12, 2016)Ammon, Idaho – A biological male claiming to be a woman was arrested after taking cellphone pictures of a woman in the adjoining stall of a women’s dressing room at a Target store. The man, who was dressed as a woman, ran out of the store after the victim attempted to confront him.6. Bedford Police: Man Arrested for Recording Juvenile Girls in Target Dressing Room (June 24, 2016)Bedford, N.H. – A man was arrested after he was caught recording juvenile girls in a dressing room at a Target store.7. WDAY 6: Man Caught Placing Cellphone Under Dressing Room Door in Target (June 16, 2016)Bismarck, N.D. – A 16-year-old girl reported that a man used a cellphone to record her inside a Target dressing room by placing the phone under her stall door.8. FOX 25: Man Caught Looking over Changing Room Wall in Target (June 14, 2016)Revere, Mass. – A man was seen peering over a Target changing room wall into the next stall where a young female was changing.9. The Daily Caller: Security Guard Arrested for Removing Man from Women’s Bathroom (May 19, 2016)Washington, D.C. – A female security guard who worked at a grocery store was arrested for removing a male from the women’s restroom after he entered dressed as a woman. When the security guard asked the man to leave, he refused saying he identified as a woman. The security guard physically removed the man from the women’s restroom. The man called the police on the security guard upon leaving the store.10. Fox News: Man Used Cellphone to Record Woman Undressing at Target in Frisco, Tex. (May 2016)11. CBS DFW: Shopper Upset Man Allowed to use Women’s Dressing Room in Ross (May 17, 2016)Mesquite, Tex. – In May of 2016, a woman was in a Ross Department store dressing room when she heard a man’s voice in the dressing room. She reported this to the manager who informed the woman that, despite the man being dressed as a male and having a 5 o’clock shadow, the man was “representing himself as a woman today.” The Ross manager informed the woman that if she was bothered by this, she would need to wait until he was finished.12. Mass Resistance: Female Office Worker Encounters Man Urinating in Ladies’ Room Exposed (February 21, 2016)Waltham, Mass. – A woman said that when she walked into a women’s restroom at her place of employment she saw a man, through an open stall door, sitting on a toilet urinating, with his private parts exposed. She reported that she immediately turned around and left the restroom, and felt unsafe about returning to that restroom again.13. NY Daily News: Seattle Man Undresses in Women’s Locker Room at Local Pool to Test New Transgender Bathroom Rule (February 17, 2016)Seattle, Wash. – In February of 2016, a man, dressed as a male, walked into a women’s locker room at a local pool and proceeded to undress. The women in the locker room attempted to kick him out, but the man refused saying, “The law has changed and I have the right to be here.” The man returned to the locker room later that day when young girls were there changing for swim practice.14. NBC Washington: Man Dressed as Woman Arrested for Spying into Mall Bathroom Stall, Police Say (November 17, 2015)Fredericksburg, Va. – In May of 2015, Richard Rodriguez, a 30-year-old man dressed in women’s clothing, attempted to film a woman in a bathroom stall. The victim told police she saw a bag “protruding from underneath a neighboring stall.” When she confronted the suspect, the man dressed in women’s clothing exited the stall and entered another stall next to another woman. Rodriquez was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a nonconsenting person and three counts of peeping.15. KTLA5: DA: Cross-Dressing Man Secretly Taped Women at Macy’s (May 14, 2013)Palmdale, Calif. – In May of 2013, Jason Pomare, a 33-year-old male, dressed as a woman multiple times in order to secretly videotape women in women’s restrooms. A woman reported to security officers that there was a man, wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, acting suspiciously in the women’s restroom in Macy’s. Pomare was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for purposes of sexual gratification.16. Oregon Live: Cross-Dressing Sex Predator Sentenced for Clackamas Aquatic Park Crimes (October 27, 2011)Oak Grove, Ore. – In July of 2011, Thomas Benson, a 39-year-old male with a prior conviction for sexual abusing children, was arrested and charged with unlawful contact with a child and unlawfully being in a location where children congregate because, dressed as a woman, Benson entered the women’s locker room at the Clackamas Aquatic Park to talk with children. When he left the Park, Benson left in men’s clothing. Benson was followed out of the Park and he fled. Benson was later arrested.17. Abc7news.com: Police: Calif. Locker Room Suspect Used Disguise (October 22, 2010)Berkeley, Calif. – In October of 2010, Gregorio Hernandez, a 29-year-old male, was arrested for disguising himself as a woman twice to get inside a UC Berkeley women’s locker room. Once inside, the man used his cell phone to photograph women in the locker room.18. WSBTV: Police: Man Undresses in Front of Children in Walmart Restroom (March 24, 2010)Calhoun, Ga. – In March of 2010, Norwood Smith Burnes, a 51-year-old male, was arrested and charged with public indecency, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass for undressing in front of children in a women’s restroom at a Walmart. When the police arrived, Burnes was wearing women’s clothing.19. The Mercury News: San Jose Sex Offender Wearing Fake Breasts, Wig Arrested for Loitering in Women’s Restroom (January 26, 2009)San Jose, Calif. – In January of 2009, Richard Rendler, a 60-year-old male and registered sex offender, was arrested for wearing fake breasts and a wig while loitering inside a women’s restroom. Rendler was arrested on misdemeanor loitering charges, having previously been arrested on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.20. Purdue University: Purdue Police Investigate Report of Man Taking Photographs in Women’s Restroom (March 31, 2008)West Lafayette, Ind. – In March of 2008, an unidentified man wearing makeup and women’s clothing was confronted for taking pictures of a woman in a bathroom stall. When confronted by the woman, he denied he had any pictures of the victim. A staff member who was in the restroom asked the man to accompany her to the main office, but the man ran off.21. St. Petersburg Times: Cross-Dressing Man Sentenced for Battery (September 25, 1999)Pasco County, Fla. – In 1999, Patrick Hagan punched a woman in the mouth when she questioned his presence in the women’s restroom.This has also been an issue in our neighboring country, Canada, which is often considered much more “progressive” than the United States. Here are a couple of incidents that have arisen there:1. DailyWire: University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms after Peeping Incidents (October 8, 2015)Toronto, Canada – After two separate incidents of “voyeurism” occurred in the female students’ shower stalls on the campus of the University of Toronto, the administration is changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms.2. LifeSite News: Sexual Predator Jailed after Claiming to be ‘Transgender’ to Assault Women in Shelter (March 4, 2014)Toronto, Canada – In 2012, a biological male named Christopher Hambrook, age 37, claimed to be transgendered. He used his “transgendered” identity to gain access to women’s shelters. Hambrook sexually assaulted several women. One woman reported how Hambrook had watched her shower through the door frame. In 2014, Hambrook was jailed “indefinitely.” http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF16F27.pdf
… just a few overseas weapons away from championship winning teamBy Clifton RossTHE Warriors (GAW) have been tinkering with their combination over the seasons and this year is no different, as the franchise smartly held onto their core group of local and regional players.Given last year’s performances by the retained crew of players, Warriors are basically two or three international stars away from forming a dangerous squad for this season’s campaign.Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd are the ‘Big 3’ for the Warriors, given their production not just in the CPL but in T20 generally.They will be supported by Jamaican and Windies’ newest and dynamic Brandon King, who lit up the tournament last season with his hundred; along with the dangerous left-hander Nicholas Pooran.Guyana Jaguars wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble will duly add support to the aforementioned players as he has proved his worth in the past.The Warriors latest addition, rookie all-rounder Kevin Sinclair, was drafted as the Emerging Player for the franchise this year.His debut with the Jaguars this season for the Regional 4-Day Tournament was a brilliant learning process for the young Berbician who could, if given the opportunity, be a hidden gem as his style of play is tailored-made for the T20 format.All of the franchises have announced their retained players as they await the next round of the draft, the most important part – the selection of the international players.Over the years GAW have relied on their local and regional players to do the lion’s share of the work.Apart from Pakistan legend Shoaib Malik who has been outstanding as captain and player, Australian Brad Hodge has been in the past was been an excellent player and coach before retiring.Other pieces came and went, James Franklin, Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Chris Morris, and of recent Chris Green, who could possibly be a part of the tournament, should his bowling issues be rectified.Pakistani Sohail Tanvir was a huge part of the squad last season in both departments while other lost diamonds like his countryman Babar Azam, who recently picked up an international ban, was once a part of the franchise.It will be interesting to see which international stars throw their names into the selection pool, especially with COVID-19 having its say in restricting sports.The CPL is currently on COVID-19 watch, as they await further word with regard to: should they call off the proposed August start to the tournament or will the green light be given once health conditions and safety guidelines are implemented.More so, should the Warriors bag a few marquee players who either currently play or had solid international careers, thus adding extra firepower to the solid core they have retained; this season could be the year they break the Finals jinx and possibly win the title.Chandrapaul Hemraj will need a strong international partner at the top of the order to go along with King who can float about the batting line.GAW will definitely need some venom in the bowling department, so acquiring a genuine foreign pacer could be a smart move.Rutherford and Shepherd have done great in their careers so far and are capable of holding their own. However, should Warriors have an international, who can take the pressure off when needed, that will balance the team.It will be left to see who from the overseas world will be interested in playing, given all that is occurring and could occur in a month’s time.The local franchise’s season will most certainly ride on the selection of the remaining spots to be filled by international players.Securing experienced, healthy players with decent track records whether present or past, will create a stronger learning environment for the already budding talent the Warriors have chosen to stick with in their quest for their maiden title.
Despite leading at half-time, Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in last night’s final in Basel. A goal from Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds the lead at the break, but the Spanish side dominated the second-half to win the title for the third consecutive season. French striker Kevin Gameiro equalised within seconds of the restart before a well-taken brace form Coke sealed the victory.
Marcos Alonso scored the decisive goal nine minutes from time as Chelsea shrugged off Arsenal’s fightback to secure a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge.The full-back swept home Eden Hazard’s cross to make it two wins from two under Maurizio Sarri and keep the Gunners waiting for their first Premier League point under Unai Emery.It was a particularly galling end to the game for the visitors, who had dragged themselves level before the break thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, after Pedro and Alvaro Morata had put Chelsea two goals to the good. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Manchester City went ahead against the Gunners after 14 minutes last week, and Chelsea needed just nine to find the net, with Pedro finishing coolly from 12 yards after being teed up by Alonso. It was 2-0 after 20 minutes when Morata turned away from Shkodran Mustafi and fired low past Petr Cech, just a minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, starting as the lone striker once more, had blazed over the crossbar with the goal gaping. Mkhitaryan produced almost a carbon copy of Aubameyang’s miss but made amends with a fine left-footed strike to get the away side back into the game, and Iwobi thumped high into the net from the Armenia winger’s cross to level the scores before the break and leave the home crowd shell-shocked. The Blues suddenly looked in disarray and could have been behind heading into half-time had Aubameyang and Iwobi been more accurate when finding space among a ragged Chelsea defence.It was Sarri’s men who looked the most likely to break the deadlock in a more scrappy second half, though, and they did just that with 81 minutes played, as Alonso finished with aplomb following fine work from substitute Hazard.7 – All seven of César Azpilicueta’s Premier League assists since the start of last season have come for Álvaro Morata; no player has assisted more goals for a teammate in that time (Mahrez to Vardy, also 7). Synergy. pic.twitter.com/uHmBapJQvE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 18, 2018What does it mean: Gunners have more grit than first thoughtIt was nearly the first point on the board for Arsenal under Emery, but it at least showcased a quality they have been accused of lacking for several years now: character.The Gunners truly looked dead and buried after half an hour but battled back into the game without resorting to a hasty abandoning of the passing style Emery is trying to implement. The defending, undoubtedly, still leaves much to be desired.Mkhitaryan was at the heart of the initial comeback and it was a perplexing display from the ex-Manchester United star in general, as he recovered from a dismal first 35 minutes to haul his side back into the game almost on his own. That will be encouraging for a player who has never found consistency during his time in England.For Chelsea, the result is a major boost given the way they surrendered their early control so readily. Sarri was calm and collected as the Chelsea goals went in, but was raging once Arsenal had drawn level, such was the ragged state of his side’s defence.His vision for the team is starting to appear, but it will take some time yet to come in to sharper focus. Pat on the back: Mkhitaryan leads recoveryMkhitaryan had a pretty dreadful first 35 minutes or so, summed up by his shocking miss from right in front of goal when Chelsea were in command.However, the 29-year-old inspired the Gunners’ comeback with an impressive improvement of his own. His fierce strike to get them back in the game was too hot for Kepa Arrizabalaga to handle and he picked out Iwobi with precision for a goal that looked likely to earn a point. Boot up the backside: Aubameyang unconvincingAubameyang has said he likes Alexandre Lacazette partnering him in attack and, on this evidence, the Gabon striker certainly needs more support.The Gunners’ record signing managed only 18 touches in total, two of which included heart-stopping moments for the travelling fans: a decent finish from an offside position, and a miss that will grace highlights reels for the rest of the season. Key Opta facts- Chelsea have won six of their last seven home league games against Arsenal, the exception being a 0-0 draw last season.- Arsenal scored two goals against Chelsea, as many as on their previous six Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge.- Unai Emery is the first Arsenal manager to lose his first two games in charge since Steve Burtenshaw, who lost his first three in charge as caretaker in March-April 1986.- Chelsea winger Pedro has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February 2017.- Alonso has been directly involved in 20 Premier League goals since his Chelsea debut in September 2016 (14 goals, six assists); seven more goals than any other defender.- Full-back Alonso scored and assisted a goal in the same Premier League game for the first time ever. What’s next?Chelsea head to Newcastle United next Sunday, the scene of a humbling 3-0 loss on the final day of last season. Rafael Benitez’s side are still looking for their first victory this term.Arsenal, having faced a daunting opening two weeks, will play host to a West Ham side who have lost two games out of two and conceded six goals in the process. That one takes place at Emirates Stadium next Saturday. read more