An Illinois appellate Court has ruled that a transgender woman is a woman.

I missed this last week 😞

Hobby Lobby has lost an 11 year fight to bar a transgender woman from a female bathroom. I only hope that it cost them a fortune in legal fees.

The plaintiff in this case is Meggan Sommerville, now 51. The Illinois Second District Appellate Court upheld a lower court decision and ruled that “Sommerville’s sex is unquestionably female, just like the women who are permitted to use the women’s bathroom.”

The Christian right is presumably too fixated on dinging President Biden over Afghanistan to have had a shit fit over this ruling. However Laurie Higgins at Illinois Family Institute (an anti-LGBTQ hate group had some choice words today (Friday):

An Illinois Appellate Court just unanimously ruled that Hobby Lobby violated the Illinois Human Rights Act by refusing to allow a male employee who masquerades as a woman and goes by the name of “Meggan Renee” Sommerville to use the women’s restroom. If this decision is not appealed and overturned, it will mean the end of sex-separated private spaces in all companies in Illinois, including stores and restaurants.

Ask not why IFI is designated a hate group. I wonder if Ms. Higgins has pondered where transgender women have been peeing for decades.

“What this court said is, as a matter of Illinois law, Meggan’s sex is female. … as a matter of Illinois law, her sex is female.”

IFI will be designated a hate group for as long as Higgins displays this kind of bigotry:

Despite Hobby Lobby’s restroom directive, the self-absorbed Sommerville continued to use the women’s restrooms which resulted in Sommerville being written up. After “breaking down in tears,” he sashayed over to Illinois’ leftist Human Rights Commission to file a complaint. The Chicago Tribune reported.

I will quote no more of this offensive batshit. Higgins is an unhinged Defender of the Faith™. What she never seems to accept are two things:

  1. We are a secular society.
  2. There are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid nondiscrimination laws other than those which apply to houses of worship. We do not have a separate set of laws for conservative Christians.

Federal law now bans workplace discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. That is due to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County. I doubt that Hobby Lobby will piss away more money in legal fees to prevent a trans woman from using gender-appropriate facilities.

According to Jacob Meister, one of Ms. Sommerville’s attorneys:

The court basically says this was not just transgender discrimination, it was sex discrimination, which is what federal courts have found. What this court said is, as a matter of Illinois law, Meggan’s sex is female. She not only has a female gender identity, but as a matter of Illinois law, her sex is female.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.