Bozell & Graham: Six-figure Fines for Gender Pronouns?

Source: Conservative Review | May 20, 2016 | Brent Bozell & Tim Graham


Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh revealed that the New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued guidance that employers, landlords, professionals and businesses can now be fined up to $250,000 for not using an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title, under the New York City Human Rights Law, “regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.”

Their legal “guidance” insists: “Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles. Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir.” So, if you willfully and/or maliciously refuse to call a person “they” as preferred, you can be fined.

This mandated speech code not only reflects a rejection of biology, and not only endorses leftist cultural politics, but it is also a form of fascism never before seen in this country. You must use “ze” — an utterly made-up word — to refer to a person one day, and then you are required to use a different pronoun for the same person tomorrow — or whenever that person decides on a new term. So far, the pronouns include not just “ze,” but “xe,” “ve,” “(f)ae” and “per,” and more. Some even insisted on “Mx.” instead of “Mr.” or “Ms.”

Let’s call this code what is: transgender privilege.

“We can’t be required to even display a license plate that says ‘Live Free or Die’ on our car, if we object to the message; that’s what the court held in Wooley v. Maynard (1978),” Volokh argued. “But New York is requiring people to actually say words that convey a message of approval of the view that gender is a matter of self-perception rather than anatomy.”

What’s more, Volokh warned, the Big Apple grammar police have declared that “refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment.” The label “harassment” in this case is important, Volokh notes, “because harassment law requires employers and businesses to prevent harassment by co-workers and patrons, not just by themselves or their own employees.”


Male is female, and female is male. George Orwell’s “1984” is here.

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    slhancock1948 #6387

    NY values and NY values supporters. Well this election doesn’t really give us a choice, does it?

    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

    Victoria #6393

    Glad I am not in business and glad I don’t know any person who is an “it”. I make sure I go to our own bathroom before I leave the house. I don’t like going to public bathrooms anyway. I do go to one when we go to Casinos as we are there a long time. So far, men are going to men’s and women to women’s. That may be because casinos. for the most part, are day care centers for older people. We older folks know the difference between men and women.

    CA Surveyor #6404

    First amendment erased from the constitution?

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