- An 80-year-old woman was banned from using her local public pool after she told a man in a woman’s bathing suit to leave the female change room. Julie Jaman asked the man, who was near a group of little girls who were taking off their bathing suits, “Do you have a penis?” The man, revealed to go by the name Clementine Adams, responded, “None of your business.” Jaman, a resident of Port Townsend, told Adams, “Get out of here, right now.” YMCA aquatics manager Rowen DeLuna told Jaman, “You’re discriminating and you can’t use the pool anymore and I’m calling the police.”
In response to a protest, the Mountain View pool issued a press release, stating:
“We will not tolerate bias, hatred, or discrimination that leads to the oppression of individuals or communities. We will ensure sustained and meaningful progress toward equity and human dignity for all.”
- The Telegraph reports that Stephen Watson, chief constable of Greater Manchester, believes police have been “overzealous in recording trivial online spats and legitimate debate as hate incidents at the expense of tackling mainstream crimes.” Watson said:
“We’ve become too assiduous at interpreting some of the rules to mean that if anybody at any time for whatever reason is offended, there somehow needs to be a police record.
We’ve got ourselves involved in stuff which is just not a policing matter, we’ve wasted our time as a result and we’ve caused people to question whether, frankly, we know what we’re doing.”
- Portland public schools are teaching K-5 students that “gender is colonized,” that “some girls can have penises and some boys can have vulvas,” and that “any gender and kid can have any type of body.”