by Max Brantley
Fry, an Episcopal priest, emphasized that countless transgender women have been the victims of violence when they have used public restrooms. “Violence, including sexual violence, in restrooms is a serious problem. Transgender women in women’s restrooms, though, are not the perpetrators, nor are transgender men in men’s restrooms. Moreover, no evidence exists to support the claim that men pose as atransgender woman in order to be ‘peeping toms’ or worse in women’s restrooms.”The letter is a response to a statement from conservative preachers who cheered Hutchinson's apparent support for discrimination against transgender people.
Block added, “I am grateful to the scores of Arkansas clergy who joined Rev. Fry and me in taking a public stand against bigotry and discrimination. Too often, folks get the impression that being religious means discriminating against our relatives, friends,coworkers and members of our congregations who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This letter is a powerful statement that LGBT Arkansans are loved and embraced in many Arkansas houses of worship, where all people are celebrated as persons created in the image of God.”