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NYC will fine you for ‘misgendering’ a transsexual

You would better think twice before addressing transgender people: that might cost you $250,000

Allum Bokhari for Breitbart reports: new anti-discrimination New York City law authorizes a quarter of million dollars fine for misgendering when addressing a transsexual person.

“In the latest, astonishing act of draconian political correctness, the NYC Commission on Human Rights have updated a law on “Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression” to threaten staggering financial penalties against property owners who “misgender” employees or tenants,” introduces Bokhari.

Those who will “willfully and maliciously” cross the law will be a subject to fines up to $250,000, while standard violation will face a fine of only a half of the sum - $125.000. Moreover, the law defines business owners’ use of transmen referring, stating that property owners will have to use pronouns such as “zhe” and “hir” if transgender individuals desire so.

Bokhari provides a quote of the amended legislation: “The NYCHRL requires employers and covered entities to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification. 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”.

Besides formal addressing the law also includes such potential violations as refusing to provide bathrooms consistent with an individual’s gender identity or imposing uniforms or grooming standards based on sex or gender such as gender requirements to wear makeup, jewellery, short haircut, wigs and high heels.

“In other words, if a bar owner prevents male bartenders from wearing lipstick and heels, they’ll be breaking the law. They’ve now got a choice between potentially scaring off customers, and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Regardless of the establishment’s clientèle or aesthetic, every property owner will be forced to conform to the same standard”, adds Bokhari.

At this rate, some may call the “crisis of character”, or a situation in which the identity is defined by subjective interpretation rather than objective reality. “The state is now forcing society to recognise the subjective identities of individuals, regardless of how absurd or surreal they may seem. In New York City, recognising someone’s identity is no longer a matter of case-by-case common sense and courtesy. It’s zir way or the highway,” assumes Bokhari.

 

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