Maya Dillard Smith, the former state director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Georgia, has resigned out of concern for her young daughters’ safety. She stated that they had been “visibly frightened” when three men dressed as women entered a women’s restroom with them.
Dillard Smith wrote, “I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered.”
She continued, saying “My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer.”
Dillard Smith said in a statement that the ACLU has become “a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights.” The organization chooses to defend or ignore issues in a “hierarchy of rights,” she averred. She wrote that the hierarchy is “based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities." However, she did not identify the funders.
Dillard Smith has described herself as “unapologetically black,” and is one of only three African-Americans serving as state directors for the ACLU. The flagship liberal group has been a prime mover in the transgender rights movement and advocates for men to use restrooms designated for women.
Dillard Smith says support by the ACLU for the transgender cause comes at the expense of women. “If our goal is to advance the rights of equality of transgender folk, how do we do that, and advance the rights of all people?” Dillard Smith said. “If we have all-gender restrooms which will accommodate trans folks, what do we do about women who are the survivors of rape for whom it would be traumatic to share a public restroom where you take down your underwear, and there’d be men in the bathroom.” Dillard Smith is about to launch a digital community called Finding Middle Ground to activate discussion on civil rights.
Dillard Smith holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Berkeley and a master’s degree from Harvard, while working for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. She also graduated from a program called “Emerge America,” which has the stated goal of increasing the number of Democratic women in office.
Smith–who was one of just three African-American state directors in the ACLU and describes herself as “unapologetically black“–said that she could no longer work for the organization, which was been a staunch advocate of allowing men who self-identify as women to use whichever bathroom they please in accordance with the Obama administration’s recent directive calling on public schools to accommodate so-called transgender students in bathrooms and locker-rooms according to the sex they proclaim.
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