Last month a transgender (biologically female) child sued the state of New York. The lawsuit was filed because the transgender child wished to change the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Up until this lawsuit, changing the sex designation on a minor’s birth certificate was not allowed under New York law. It was only allowed for adults.
The legal team of the transgender child argued that not being allowed to change the sex listed on one’s birth certificate to match one’s claimed gender identity was a violation of both the 1st and 14th amendments.
The transgender child won the lawsuit. It is now legal for a minor to change the sex listed on their birth certificate if they have parental approval.
Letitia James, Attorney General of the state of New York, agreed with the decision.
James referred to the former law as, “an outdated policy to stop us from providing every individual with equal dignity and respect.” She also called the action of changing one’s sex on their birth certificate a “deeply personal decision” that transgender persons should be able to make “without the government’s unwarranted denial or without having their privacy violated.”
Despite the reasons given for the change in the law, it’s obviously foolish to think this won’t cause problems later down the road. Allowing someone to change their gender or sex on an official government document, especially a birth certificate, has some (to put it mildly) unintended consequences.
For instance, what jail/prison do they go to if they serve time? If a man transitions to woman, will they end up in the womans’ prison?
Do female inmates have a right to not have a biological male in prison with them, especially if said male has a physical attraction towards them? What safety risks does that create?
What about sports? Men clearly have differing athletic abilities from women. If official documents show a biological male to be a female, won’t that leave biologically female athletes at an “unwarranted” disadvantage?
Are there any stipulations to the changes? Does one have to continue to get hormone treatments?
Can one get the sex listed on all of their official government documents changed, but then start living as their originally so-called “assigned” sex and never change the documents back?
Also, a minor being allowed to change the sex on such documents brings its own set of problems.
Is someone under 16 years old truly able to make such a drastic and consequential decision? Will they be able to change their gender back if they change their mind when they are an adult?
These concerns are only the tip of the iceberg. Only time will tell what complications will come about due to everyone being allowed to change their sex on their official government documents.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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