I suppose the real question here is how New York City wasn’t the first place where this cropped up. The fact that someplace in Texas had to deal with the “transgender” bathroom and pronoun issues before Manhattan did is likely just a sign of the times. But Bill de Blasio is never one to be left behind the times for too long in the Social Justice Warrior movement, so he’s going all in on the transgender bathrooms, pronouns and all the rest. (Yahoo News)

New York City has warned landlords, employers and businesses they could be running afoul of the law by purposely calling a transgender woman “him” or “Mr.” when she prefers a female title and pronoun, or by barring her from using a women’s restroom.

New guidelines detail the legal protections of transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers and what constitutes discrimination under the city’s Human Rights Law, the New York City Commission on Human Rights said on Monday…

“Today’s new guidelines strengthen those laws by ensuring that every transgender and gender non-conforming person in New York receives the dignity and respect they deserve,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The guidelines said dress codes requiring men to wear ties or women to wear skirts are discriminatory.

Please do take note that New York City never does things in half measures. It’s already against the law (everywhere) to discriminate against people on virtually any basis in terms of their basic rights in society, but in this brave new world the speech of everyone else will be restricted to accommodate the few. If you happen to believe that people are the gender they were born with, as identified by their 23rd chromosomal pair, and you choose to address them in that fashion, you may now be running afoul of the law. Freedom of speech? It’s such an antiquated concept.

As with so many other cities, if you want to keep men out of the ladies room so they feel at ease when visiting your establishment, be prepared to face a judge in court. And you can apparently forget about dress codes at dining establishments, even though that clearly discriminatory practice has been approved by the courts. If a man wishes to show up wearing a mini-skirt and a tube top, you have to seat them.

New York, New York. So nice they say it twice. Dave Blount at Right Wing News offers some thoughts on the subject.

Imagine a vast mental asylum where everything is upside-down and backward. Instead of trying to cure the sick, the authorities use their unlimited power to impose sickness on the healthy. In this nightmare world, there is no such thing as private business or interpersonal contact; all interactions must be conducted according to the decree of the malevolent lunatics in charge. The name for this grotesque dystopia is New York City…

Would you like your employees to look professional so that people will take your business seriously? Then escape from New York.

You may indeed need to escape from New York. (And several other locations for that matter.) And it may require a general revolt by the voters before this nonsense comes to an end and normality is restored. We are now well beyond the point where somebody needs to bring this question before the Supreme Court and find out if the ship of sanity has truly sailed. Otherwise, move someplace where your rights won’t be infringed by the weight of the Social Justice Warriors, take your employees and your property with you, and wait for the system to collapse under its own weight.

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