From Atlanta Progressive News:
Maya Dillard Smith, Interim Director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says she has left the organization due to a disagreement she had over its participation in recent litigation over the use of public restrooms by transgender persons.
[A]fter the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) issued new guidance that transgendered persons have a Federal Constitutional right to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, the State of Georgia and ten other U.S. States have sued the USDOJ.
However, Dillard Smith, rather than agreeing with the ACLU on these matters, saw herself more on the side of the State of Georgia.
In a statement she accused the ACLU of being “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights. In that way, it is a special interest organization not unlike the conservative right, which creates a hierarchy of rights based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.”
Dillard Smith argues that transgender rights have “intersectionality with other competing rights, particularly the implications for women’s rights.”
At the very least this demands an investigation into the number of trans women who may have applied for employment with the ACLU overall – not just Georgia’s – and who, ever so mysteriously, never were even invited in for an interview.
But perhaps this will spur some journalists out there to do some investigation into the degree of transmisogyny that has existed – and which continues to exist – in so-called ‘progressive’ and so-called ‘LGB(T)’ organizations.
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