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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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In Valley, gender-specific restrooms unenforcable

Despite being sympathetic to concerns that cross-dressing men are using women’s public restrooms, Spokane Valley city leaders say state and federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit them from doing anything about it. “This is not a comfortable topic for any of us,” Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard said during a legal briefing Tuesday night. “I hope our citizens understand there is nothing the city can do about this.”

Even When Tasteful, Men Can’t Wear Skirts

Men don't have the right to wear a skirt to work, even though women can wear traditionally male trousers and ties, a British industrial tribunal ruled Friday. For eight years, Paul Kara's bosses at London's Hackney Council didn't complain when he wore women's leggings and blouses to work. But when he appeared in skirts twice last April, the council drew the line. Kara sued the council after being told not to wear skirts. Kara argued that his female colleagues wore pants, suits and ties to work. But the industrial tribunal ruled that there was no discrimination, because the women were wearing clothes designed for women based on men's clothing, whereas Kara was wearing clothing not intended for men. Kara's wife, Helen, said her husband's choice was always tasteful.