If liberal California legislators have their way, calling a transgender man “he” could result in a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.

The “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights,” or Senate Bill 219, will criminalize referring to a transgender nursing home resident by his/her actual gender.

The proposed law, which passed the California senate, states, “It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to … willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred (transgender) name or (opposite sex) pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”  

The bill also requires nursing homes — whether Christian-owned or not — to accommodate transgender bathrooms and showers.

Penalties are capped at $1,000 and a year in prison. Supporters say the law is justified because nursing homes and long-term care facilities are state regulated and licensed, and “professional-client speech is subject to more government regulation than other speech.”

The LGBTQI group “Equality California” sponsored the bill, which was written by state Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.  According to one analysis, the law would apply to nursing homes “and intermediate care facilities.”

Wiener argued that an individual citizen’s sincerely held beliefs did not matter. “The argument that religious views can create an exemption for civil rights laws or complying with civil rights laws is a highly radical notion,” Wiener told the committee.  

He added that people can privately believe what they want but publicly must comply with transgender theory. “Everyone is entitled to their religious view, but when you enter the public space; when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law,” he said.

The bill defines “gender identity” as “the individual’s stated gender identity, without regard to whether the self-identified gender accords with the individual’s physical appearance, surgical history, genitalia, legal sex, sex assigned at birth, or name and sex as it appears in medical records.”  

It also specifically states that the patient’s wishes are to be followed regardless of what his/her spouse, family, or lawyer may say.

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