New York’s Transgender Protections Go Too Far

Let’s say you’re a New York City landlord with a transgender tenant. And let’s say that you refuse to call this individual “Miss” because your tenant is clearly just a man in a dress. Under these circumstances, how should you be punished?

A slap on the wrist?

No punishment?

A fine of up to $250,000?

If you chose the last one, congratulations! You might just be eligible for a seat on the NYC Commission on Human Rights. The commission has just released an “update” to the city’s discrimination law that threatens landlords, employers, and the general public with stiff financial penalties for gender infractions.

Violations include:

– Intentionally failing to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title.

– Refusing to allow individuals to use single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity.

– Enforcing dress codes, uniforms, and grooming standards that impose different requirements based on sex or gender.

Those found guilty of breaking these laws will be subject to civil fines of up to $125,000, with an additional hundred thousand for violations “that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.”

“New York has always been a diverse and welcoming city and our laws are designed to protect every New Yorker, regardless of their gender identity,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today’s new guidelines strengthen those laws by ensuring that every transgender and gender non-conforming person in New York receives the dignity and respect they deserve.”

It doesn’t sound as though there are laws to protect New Yorkers from being robbed by the government, though. And it doesn’t sound like de Blasio is doing much to protect the First Amendment rights of the citizenry. But yeah, “gender non-conforming” people should be delighted.

Do these liberals even realize how much damage they are doing to our foundational religious and expressive freedoms? They have taken these anti-discrimination laws far beyond their original intent, creating government-enforced speech codes that threaten the pillars of our democracy. And for what? So a few thousand people never have to suffer the indignity of being called “Mr.”?

Laws that protect trans individuals from housing discrimination are one thing; these people should not be left homeless just because they are mentally confused. But it’s quite another thing to force employers and landlords to buy into their delusions and submit to whatever ridiculous requests they have regarding pronouns and titles. Even if you are fully supportive of the transgender cause, you should be able to see that their “rights” do not – cannot – supersede the First Amendment.

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