Atlanta, Ga., Jun 3, 2016 / 15:59 pm
The head of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has resigned after a scare with her daughters involving men entering a women's restroom.
Maya Dillard Smith had been interim director of the chapter since 2015. She said she resigned because of the hostile reaction to her questions about the advocacy group's participation in litigation on the use of opposite-sex public restrooms by people who identify as transgender.
"There are real concerns about the safety of women and girls in regards to this bathroom debate," she said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It seems to me that instead of stifling the dialogue, we want to encourage a robust debate to come up with an effective solution."
She said she had misgivings about the issue since the time her young daughters encountered three deep-voiced transgendered young adults over six feet tall in an Oakland, Calif. restroom.