Protest erupts at Santee YMCA over locker room controversy

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This is a double article from Fox 5 San Diego providing a Top Story happening in San Diego pertaining to a recent Transgender debate that is taking the city by storm.


by:  Posted: Jan 18, 2023


SANTEE, Calif. — Hundreds of protesters gathered Wednesday to denounce the YMCA after a 17-year-old girl complained of seeing a transgender woman showering in the women’s locker room inside the athletic club.

The trans woman told FOX 5 she had undergone a full transition to a woman in 2016 and with no male anatomy. She said she had been enjoying the YMCA for a year without incident.

Sheriff’s deputies secured the building as the protesters built a stage calling on the YMCA to change their policies towards trans people.

“We no longer feel safe or protected,” said a woman into a microphone.

“No one should have their dignity and their protection threatened by this experiment to reorder traditions and norms,” said another man speaking at a podium.

The 17-year-old girl named Rebecca first brought her concerns up to the staff at the YMCA, and when she felt they did not address her concerns, she brought the issue up at the Santee City Council.

Supporters of the trans woman also showed up to the protest.

“I had this conversation with my daughter and if she was in the bathroom and a transgender person was in there, she would have no problem whatsoever,” said Monique Silver, a resident of Santee.

Other supporters of the trans woman say they have the law on their side and will stand with YMCA.

“I have a 7-year-old and I feel that she is safer around the LGBTQ communities than the church communities,” said Kari Griswald from Santee.

Second Article:

Support, criticism of transgender rights at Santee city council meeting


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SANTEE, Calif. – The burning debate over whether Christynne Wood, a transgender woman, should have been allowed to use a women’s locker room at the local YMCA continued at a Santee city council meeting Wednesday.

There was nothing formally on the city council agenda about the topic, but Wood felt it was time to speak out for herself in the same place 17-year-old Rebecca Phillips first brought attention to this story, which has since received national attention.

“The amount of organized hatred and lies to vilify and demonize me and other members of the transgender community has truly been disheartening and disgusting,” Wood said.

Wood was joined by many supporters, but critics as well.

“This is war. This is a war on women, children and the truth,” said Carrie Prejean, a former Miss California and San Diego native who was among those sharing intense criticism.

Wood was surrounded by friends and also members of the LGBTQ community who came to support her after a 17-year-old girl garnered national attention for saying she felt unsafe “seeing a man” in the women’s locker room.

A friend of Wood’s says she was in the locker room at the time of the incident and that Phillips never saw Wood, only heard her voice.

“I am a threat to no one. In the year I’ve been a member of the YMCA, children have attended summer camp and have been with their parents and grandparents in the women’s locker room with me and there has never, ever been an incident ever not until one was manufactured using this forum to do so,” Wood said.

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