Transgender activists have traditionally said that gender is defined not by biological or physical traits but by how a person identifies. But on Monday, the LGBT editor of Think Progress offered several new criteria, including hair length, arm hair, and whether a person is wearing a man’s or woman’s watch.
In a Twitter exchange with me, Zack Ford said some astonishing things that absolutely undermine the key claims of transgender activists. Last week, I wrote an article arguingthat if states or cities are going to compel businesses to allow transgendered people into gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms, a definition of transgender is needed. If business owners are going to be punished for refusing bathroom or locker room access to a trans person, they have to know who is and who is not actually trans.
When a woman sees a suspicious “man in a dress” in her locker room, she needs to know when making a complaint is legitimate and when it is bigotry. Thus far, no reasonable definition has emerged. Since he’s the LGBT editor for Think Progress, one would assume Ford is somewhat expert in the area. Monday morning, however, he tweeted at me to ask what the significance of the image at the top of my piece was. read more