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An Ohio man masquerading as a woman in a YMCA women's locker room has been charged with indecent exposure, signaling a possible prioritization of common sense over ideology.
WHIO reported that complaints from real women at the YMCA center in Xenia began to pile up, accusing 31-year-old Darren Glines of various improprieties, but virtually all on the same theme.
The complaints, which go back to 2021, were filed by people who "reported seeing a naked male in the female's locker room," with three little girls present in one instance.
Xenia City Council President William Urschel echoed one of the complaints in a recent Green County Tea Party meeting that one woman who complained "went to the front desk and said, 'Hey, I don't know if you know what's going on, but there's a naked man in there.'"
Urschel suggested that the woman had been told in response, "'No, this is actually a woman and ... you shouldn't be disturbed by this.'"
A Greene County mother told WLWT that she was "upset" and "shaken" after Glines, of Fairborn, allegedly exposed himself to her and her 13-year-old and 16-year-old daughters.
Despite brandishing at least one piece of evidence to the contrary, Glines allegedly told the concerned mother he was in fact a woman.
The mother reportedly found no help from the director of the YMCA, who indicated Glines and men like him couldn't be stopped from entering women's spaces.
The YMCA of Greater Dayton doubled down in support for male members in women's locker rooms, writing in a recent statement, "Under no circumstance will we investigate an individual’s birth identity and then assign individuals to locker rooms. That would be counter to the law, counter to respect for all people and it is not who or what we are as an organization."
The organization told WLWT that the "Greater Dayton YMCA adheres to Ohio and Federal laws and antidiscrimination laws which allow all members access to its facilities and programs, regardless of religion, national origin, race, color, sex, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation."
Local resident and real woman Kim Coates told WHIO, "I'm not judging nobody, that's not my business, but that's a family place. ... It doesn't make me feel comfortable or at a safe place."
Another real woman told the local news outfit, "Whatever gender you want to be, that's fine, that's your own personal taste or whatever. But you don't have to involve our young people."
The Journal-News reported that Glines, who calls himself Rachel, was charged in Xenia Municipal Court with three counts of public indecency for exposing himself in September, November, and on a third occasion with kids present, all fourth-degree misdemeanor charges.
Urschel, affiliated with the Republican Party, indicated that if the city is successful in prosecuting Glines, it may bring legal action against the YMCA for aiding and abetting the alleged crimes.
The city council president suggested that the "pendulum has swung to where gender identity rights have trumped laws of privacy and public indecency," suggesting that it's high time Americans go about resolving the underlying confusion.
Democrats lashed out at Urschel after he appeared to suggest that women and girls shouldn't be subjected to indecencies to sate the ideological ambitions of social constructivists.
Kim McCarthy, chair of the Greene County Democratic Party, called Urschel's stance "extremely disappointing," suggesting that he should turn his focus elsewhere.
Looking elsewhere might force one to realize that this is not an isolated incident.
TheBlaze reported last month that a California girl was emotionally scarred after a man entered the women's locker room while she was showering at the YMCA in Santee, California.
Rebecca Phillips, 17, told the Santee City Council that after the incident, she second-guessed ever bringing her 5-year-old sister back to the gym to enjoy the water slides, adding, "This is the YMCA where hundreds of children spend their summer afternoons in child-care camps. This is the YMCA where my little sister took gymnastics lessons. The locker room was supposed to be her safe haven to gossip with her friends and shower and change."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.