The American Civil Liberties Union’s state director in Georgia has resigned after her young daughters were “visibly frightened” and concerned for their safety when three men dressed in drag entered the women’s restroom with them.
Maya Dillard Smith, whose resignation was first reported by Atlanta Progressive News, wrote: “I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered.“My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer,” she continued.
Smith — who was one of just three African-American state directors in the ACLU and describes herself as “unapologetically black” — said that she could no longer work for the organization, which was been a staunch advocate of allowing men who self-identify as women to use whichever bathroom they please.
“I found myself principally and philosophically unaligned with the organization,” she said.
Smith has launched a new website titled Finding Middle Ground, which is described as a “safe space to talk about civil rights for all.”
The site features a video of a young girl talking about the need to have an honest discussion about transgender issues. “Boys in the girls’ bathroom? I don’t know about that,” the girl says at one point.
“There are some boys who feel like they’re girls on the inside and there are some boys who are just perverts,” the girl continues.
Then, text flashes across the screen that says: “How do we KEEP OUR LITTLE GIRLS SAFE and PREVENT TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION? How do we prevent PREDATORS from PREYING on kids in bathrooms?”
“What makes it scary, is that, sometimes strangers take advantage of kids,” the girl continues.
Later, a question pops on screen: “How can we ask these kinds of questions….without being called a homophobe?”