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First Slice 6/3/16: Georgia's ACLU head resigns over transgender restroom debate

ACLU executive director has doubts about where transgender people should relieve themselves.

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Maya Dillard Smith, the executive director of Georgia's American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter, has stepped down following a heated debate over restroom rights. The civil rights group supports transgender people using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, but Dillard Smith is not so sure about the inclusive policy. She says when she spoke up about her doubts, she was met with hostility and labeled a homophobe. Dillard Smith started a website — findingmiddleground.org — with a video starring her daughter raising questions about having "boys in the girls bathroom" and encouraging visitors to send her ideas for compromise.

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