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ACLU leader resigns when daughters were left 'visibly frightened' by presence of transgender in bathroom

(Reuters/Jonathan Drake)A sign protesting a North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access in the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

A leader of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) resigned from her post after she saw how her daughters became "visibly frightened" when a group of teen-aged biological men entered the women's bathroom.

Maya Dillard Smith, who worked as the interim director of ACLU's Georgia chapter, said that the incident caused her to quit in light of the organization's strong support for the transgender bathroom law.

She recounted how her young daughters were in the restroom with her when suddenly three transgender teens walked in. She described the group as being more than six feet tall and talking in "deep voices."

Because of the incident, Smith decided she could no longer agree with the organization's stand on the issue.

"My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer," she said, according to LifeSite News.

Smith shared her story with ACLU. However, the organization chooses to promote certain progressive rights based on who gives them funding and does not necessarily protect all rights, she said, without giving details about ACLU's fund sources.

However, Smith believes it is possible to find a solution that can address the needs of both women and transgenders in public bathrooms, dressing rooms and others. She said such a solution could "ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent," The Advocate reported.

Georgia is one of 11 states that have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for the directive that mandates public schools and universities to open women's bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms and even accommodation facilities to transgender students.

The transgender bathroom controversy was sparked when North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which requires transgenders to use the bathroom according to their biological sex as specified in their birth certificate. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the governor.

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