British Council Member Resigns Over Bathroom Protections That ‘Insidiously Dismantled’ Women’s Rights

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A British city council member, Ann Sinnott, resigned after a dispute about whether transgender persons can use female restrooms.

“I do not want to be a member of a council that fails to recognise that female-only facilities are needed by women as a generality,” Cambridge Labour council member Sinnott said explaining her choice to resign from her post, The Times reported Tuesday. “I have no wish to be party to unlawfulness.”

“Nor do I wish to be associated with a council that effectively treated Cambridge women with contempt, while it insidiously dismantled their rights,” Sinnott continued.

Sinnott refers to a policy that states “transgender people will not be excluded from gender-appropriate sex/single-sex segregated facilities,” and alleges that the policy’s wording might violate the law, according to The Times.

The policy, which applies only to council property, comes after the British government passed the Equality Act in 2010 allowing transgender persons to use the restroom that accords with their gender identity rather than biological identity.

Transgender council member Sarah Brown passed the policy. Brown is allegedly in a polyamorous relationship with Cambridge council member Zoe O’Connell.

“The policy has been in place for eight years and no one had queried the wording in that period and in June it was drawn to our attention that the wording wasn’t consistent with legislation,” Cambridge council chief executive Antoinette Jackson said, according to The Times. (RELATED: Indiana Teacher Forced To Resign After Refusing To Kowtow To Transgender Policies)

Jackson stated the council is reviewing the policy. “I’m very sorry to see Ann resign as a councillor. It’s always sad to see a councillor leave,” Jackson also said, lamenting Sinnott’s resignation.

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