By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
December 22, 2021
According to various media reports, Crabtree Valley Mall has converted its family restrooms to “all-gender” restrooms.
The change came about after Devin Pearson, who moved to the Triangle area from Central Virginia, visited a family restroom at the Mall, but was not granted access by security. Seen by a camera as a biological male who sports a beard, security told Pearson that the restroom was reserved only for someone accompanying a child. Pearson, who considers himself non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns, insisted that he be allowed to use the family restroom because he was not comfortable using either the men’s or women’s restrooms. When security and Mall staff refused his request, Pearson pressed the matter until he spoke with the Mall’s general manager, who apologized, as well as obliged. Afterward, Pearson corresponded with the general manager and met with Mall staff to advocate the bathrooms should be made accessible to all genders. The Mall responded by changing all the family restrooms to “gender-neutral.”
According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Pearson was at the Mall exploring the possibilities of promoting his new book, The Awakening of Princess Treshawn. The book is about a boy who dreams of becoming a princess one day.
“The various media reports I saw on this implied Pearson was just a simple citizen who was seeking to make a positive change,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “But I think we can safely assume this was orchestrated. It was LGBTQ activism, and Mall staff knew if they didn’t capitulate to Pearson’s demands, they would be labeled discriminatory.”
Creech explained that the Human Rights Campaign, which is the premier LGBTQ activist organization in the country, has developed a “Corporate Equality Index” to track and report on corporate America’s acceptance of the LGBTQ agenda. Their report gauges the friendliness of businesses to LGBTQ interests. If a rating doesn’t line up the way they think it should, then the company is subject to being penalized by some large-scale corporate punishment or a devastating anti-LGBTQ blemish on their record, which can prompt boycotts, etc.
“These businesses don’t want to be portrayed or perceived as something like the Ku Klux Klan. But they know they will, if they don’t give in to the Pink Gestapo,” said Creech. “They talk about tolerance, but with their pressure tactics, they are far from accepting of other viewpoints. This is not an issue like ‘white’ and ‘colored’ bathrooms, which years ago was a matter of superiority of one race over another. This is about privacy.”
Writing for National Review, Madeline Kearns tells a disturbing story about a gender-neutral bathroom when she took a friend’s daughter out to lunch. The little seven-year-old asked to go to the restroom and was granted permission. She then scampered off to an “all-gender” restroom.
“As she entered this unlocked (lockable) room, three little boys were – now in full view – urinating round one toilet. Perturbed, if not alarmed, my young friend immediately burst back out, gave me a big wave, as if to say ‘oops’ and ‘don’t worry!’ She turned on her heel, disappearing around the corner. A moment passed. One by one, the heads of three little naughty boys popped out. Scheming and snickering, with catlike tread, they traced wee pal’s route.
“Terrifying and immediate was my arrival on the scene, scattering the would-be tormentors.
“‘Those boys were trying to peek on me!’ she said. ‘I only peeked on them by accident!’ Little boys are little savages, I told her gently, adding that very few improve with age. More importantly, I explained that gender-neutral bathrooms were only recently invented. And, evidently, by some very careless and wasteful people who don’t mind sacrificing the privacy, hygiene, and camaraderie of the female toilet experience.”
Kearns further explains her point of view, saying:
“First, women are cleaner than men. Women do not stand and aim at the toilet seat. They rarely misfire. They rarely get pee on the floor. They most always flush and almost always wash their hands.
“Second, women take longer to go to the bathroom than men. This is in part because of the whole ordeal of half undressing and sitting down. But it is also because some women are on their periods, while others are pregnant or have been pregnant at some point (and so have weaker bladders). Women also have a higher occurrence of UTIs.
“Third, women – partly for safety and partly in honoring an age-old ritual – often go to the bathroom in numbers. Some will touch on make-up. Others will, if the line isn’t too long, have a chinwag while there. This is important to women. Don’t ask me why. But it is.”
Kearns concludes the trend by much of society to accommodate the demands of activists on behalf of a minority are doing so at the expense of “an established and objective majority – females, especially those little ones.”
In 2017, the Family Research Council compiled a list of 21 incidents of men assaulting or violating women’s privacy in public restrooms. Their findings were a warning that despite what activists claim, transgender-friendly policies do pose a threat for an increase in such crimes.
The N&O also reports other shopping centers in the Triangle have gender-neutral restrooms, although they aren’t necessarily labeled that way. “The 21c Museum Hotel in Durham installed gender-neutral signs outside its single-occupancy bathrooms showing both the male and female signs,” reports the N&O. “The bottom of the signs read ‘We Don’t Care.’”
But a lot of people do care and should.