- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Opponents of a bill aimed at banning discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations in Massachusetts say it would violate the privacy rights of girls and women.

The Massachusetts Family Institute held a Statehouse press conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal.

The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate the bill on Thursday.

Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith says women and children will have no protection against being exposed to naked men in locker rooms if the bill is passed.

The bill would allow people to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg supports the bill.

Rosenberg says the bill would not bring an unwanted male presence into women’s rooms. He says transgender men are men and transgender women are women.

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