On Tuesday, the New York City Commission of Rights released a list of 31 different gender identities that all businesses must recognize or else they risk paying a financial penalty between $125,000 and $250,000.
When de Blasio originally announced the Gender Identity/Gender Expression Legal Enforcement Guidance in December, individuals such as Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, saw is as a positive step in the right direction.
"It's a huge step forward and really catapults New York City to the forefront of the struggle for transgender rights”.
Originally, the guidebook included phrases such as gender, gender identity and gender non-conforming. But the newly released list includes pronouns such as hijra, third sex, non-op, gender gifted, two-spirit and gender bender.
A “gender bender” is someone “who bends, changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together.”
The terms include obscure descriptors like, "person of transgender experience," but also mention well-known terms such as MTF, FTM and transgender. So I don’t see the point of having that one long and entirely unnecessary phrase.
Then again, all these pronouns are utterly senseless.
Any sort of discrimination based on sexual identity has been illegal since 2002 under Local Law 3 Code § 8-102(23). But Mayor and communist supporter Bill de Blasio has continued to implement radical leftists policies because he believes that these special little snowflakes continue to face extreme discrimination everyday.
And while all of this is going on, right across the Atlantic Ocean ISIS is preoccupied with murdering gay people. Being gay/transgender/whatever it is in New York is clearly oh so very difficult and dangerous. Just as Nick Kangadis puts it -
If society keeps electing fools like de Blasio, it won’t be long before people begin getting fined for saying the sky is blue because some idiot will say it violates his right to call the sky chartreuse.
The Human Rights Commission Secretary, Seth Hoy, informed The Daily Caller that if someone accidentally used the incorrect pronoun, they would not be fined. His statement was reported by the news outlet:
The Commission’s legal guidance on gender identity protections under the NYC Human Rights Law addresses situations in which individuals intentionally and repeatedly target transgender and gender non-conforming people. Accidentally misusing a transgender person’s preferred pronoun is not a violation of the law and will not result in a fine. The Commission issued this guidance last year so that employers and individuals understand what the law says and to ensure that every transgender individual in New York City is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
I once had a friend who was FTM and it took me over a year to learn her -- I mean, his -- new name. So what if someone repeatedly forgets to use the correct pronoun? At that point, it would be easy for the gender-trans-gifted person to scream harassment. Next thing you know you have an innocent person who has to pay a six-figure fine. Who knows?