The left’s war on language, civil rights, and reality continues apace – this time in New York.
Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday, in honor of “Transgender Awareness Week,” signed a bill forcing utility providers to use their customers’ preferred names and pronouns.
“As we witness attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and protections around the country, New York is once again declaring that we are a state for all – one where we don’t needlessly criminalize victims and where our trans, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities are affirmed,” Hochul said in a statement about the bill.
The measure also contained provisions aimed at stopping sex trafficking in the LGBT community.
“My administration is committed to equality and safety for everyone and New York is able to lead the way because of the work of our tireless advocates and our partners in the legislature,” Hochul added. “Together we will continue to build a state that is welcoming to all.”
Unless, of course, you believe in the English language and grammar, and disagree with the radical left’s gender- and sex-driven political agenda.
Under the new law, utility companies, municipal utility providers, water-works operators, and telecoms are now forced to use whatever name and pronouns a customer invokes.
According to a tweet posted by Hochul, she enacted the bill as her state of 19 million people honors the “nearly 80,000 New Yorkers [who] identify as transgender.”
“This #TransAwarenessWeek, I’m proud to sign the Affirming Gender Identity in Utilities Act — common-sense legislation that gives New Yorkers the right to be addressed and acknowledged by their chosen names and correct pronouns,” Hochul added.
But there is hope in Wokedom that sanity is making its presence known.
On Monday, the day before Hochul signed her bill, the Loudoun County, Virginia, school district settled a lawsuit brought by one of its teachers, Tanner Cross.
Cross had sued after being suspended because he publicly objected to a district policy that required teachers to use students’ chosen pronouns.
Cross said that policy forced him to violate his religious beliefs.
He appealed his suspension, sued, and got his job back after a circuit court ruled that his suspension was wrongful. The Virginia Supreme Court upheld that finding.
As part of the settlement with Cross, the Loudoun County School Board agreed to erase any reference to his suspension from his personnel file and to pay $20,000 of his legal fees.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit will continue after the court allowed two other teachers to join Cross’ complaint. Their claims have not been resolved.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal aid group that promotes religious freedom and represents the teachers, argued in court records that if the educators were forced to comply with the school district’s pronoun policy, they also “would be forced to communicate a message they believe is false — that gender identity, rather than biological reality, fundamentally shapes and defines who we truly are as humans, that our sex can change, and that a woman who identifies as a man really is a man, and vice versa.”
In New York, however, utility companies are now mandated to communicate that message, whether or not they believe it.
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