Just when we think all levels of absurdity have passed. Just when we think it's safe to assume something so ridiculous won't invade our culture. Just when we think we think, "Nothing can can get more outrageous than this", Bill de Blasio, the left wing, communist sympathizing mayor of New York City comes to the 'rescue.' In this case, it is the new guidelines detailing the legal protections of transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers.
For starters, there is mere silliness:
The guidelines said dress codes requiring men to wear ties or women to wear skirts are discriminatory.
Then it starts to get more serious:
Failing to provide employee health benefits for gender-affirming care or failing to accommodate people undergoing gender transition, such as medical appointments, could violate the law as well, they said.
And finally, it gets to the absurd:
"...landlords, employers and businesses they could be running afoul of the law by purposely calling a transgender woman "him" or "Mr." when she prefers a female title and pronoun, or by barring her from using a women's restroom."
The penalty comes at a steep price:
"Today's guidance makes it abundantly clear what the city considers to be discrimination," which can lead to fines of up to $250,000, Carmelyn P. Malalis, commissioner of the Human Rights Commission, said in a statement.
What kind of crazy world do we live in? Try as people might, "identity" does not take the place of biology.
Granted, in a polite society, we should strive to do our best to do what people request. If you call somebody "Steve" and he says, "I prefer to be called Stephen" then we do that. It would be rude to continue to call him Steve. If Jill wants to be called "Jack", so be it.
But to say that a restaurant owner cannot require a man to wear a tie at his eatery merely because that person "identifies" as a woman is asinine. Saying said restaurant owner could be subject to fines of up to $250,000 for doing so is insane.
Transgender people have been protected via law in New York City since 2002. This appears to be nothing more than a way for people to harass business owners, employers and landlords with overly inflated claims of "discrimination."
This is only going to get worse.
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