For months, residents of Charlotte have been debating whether the city should (or in fact could) pass an ordinance allowing individuals who identify as transgender to use the men’s or women’s bathrooms in places of public accommodation. Those opposed to the ordinance have had serious concerns about its effect on public safety.
This morning, Breitbart News is reporting that Chad Sevearance, president of the Charlotte Business Guild, who has taken a lead role in promoting the transgender bathroom ordinance, is a convicted and registered sex offender:
In 1998, Sevearance worked as a youth minister and in that capacity allegedly lured younger men to his apartment to spend the night where Severance showed them pornography and tried to talk them into sex. One boy testified that he woke up to find Severance “fondling him.” Sevearance was convicted on one charge of sexual molestation of a minor.
As a result of his 2000 conviction, Sevearance must register with the police on a regular basis for a minimum of ten years. His most recent mug shot and registration took place at the end of last year.
A reporter with the Charlotte Observer confirmed for Breitbart News that the Chad Sevearance they frequently quote is the same man who was convicted for sexual assault of a minor in 2000.
You read that right. The Charlotte Observer knew that Sevearance was a convicted sex offender, and yet never mentioned it once in its reporting. The newspaper certainly knew about this since at least February 18, when DontDoItCharlotte.com put out a report. (Though, considering that this information is discoverable with a quick google search, the paper likely knew about it before then, not to mention that his advocacy group also knew he was a convicted child molester and defended him by calling reports of his convictions “mudslinging.”)
In this context, The Charlotte Observer‘s failure to disclose these facts in its reporting is inexcusable. It constitutes clear advocacy masked as journalism.
This is not about further condemnation of Sevearance for his sexual offenses. The justice system has dealt with him, and it is not my place to heap further condemnation on a man who surely has been thoroughly condemned. This is about the Observer‘s failure to report on how a major figure at the center of a debate involving sexual predators and children has been convicted of being a sexual predator of children. In this context, the Observer‘s failure is tantamount to concealment. It is unfortunately one more example of our media picking and choosing its causes, leaving the task of actual journalism up to Internet news outlets.
Kirk D. Smith says
Well, well, well! Am I supposed to be surprised – media forgets to leave out some facts!
Just remember…all transgender folk are not predators…just like all men are not rapist and all women not shores!! Transgender folk are born that way. Do you really think that they would choose to go through life as abused as they often are?? My philosophy is God Dont Make No Junk..and He made us evrry one unique!!
Helen, God gives some people more challenges. Only He knows the reason why. They should receive support in overcoming these challenges instead of encouraging them to sin and fail.
clarence puckett says
No one is born a particular lifestyle; all of us are born in sin, because of Adam/Eve, and immorality is just a part of your many sins, the reason God sent Jesus to die on the cross, so you can be forgiven, and your sins blotted out, never more to be mentioned, God replaces it with righteousness, peace, and true love, not a warped love/lust, just as wrong to be a whore monger, commit bestiality, pedophillorie, all equal sins.
Jean A says
It is not ethics of transgender I speak of, it is the ethics of reportage and advocacy in question. I wish the LBGT community, the press – hell, anyone on the pro side – shut this documented predator/proponent down and put someone credible at the head of the charge. With sobering reality of a former child predator easily researched (and likely known?) … did anyone who was advocating the change in policy speak out on this irony? It is enough of a clash of philosophies without having a documented abuser leading the charge. Shame on those who knew and winked.
Richard T. Powell says
Shame on you Charlotte Observer! You are an enabler and supporter of evil rather than allowing people to make their own minds up with objective reporting!
Transgendered are mentally ill folks who need our help and compassion. Above all else, they deserve a mental health regime that will truly help them, rather than enable them to sink into the horrific despair of their delusion and desires for self-mutilation.
“The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”
Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80 percent of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated.”
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh.
Rick Painter says
The discussion is not about transgenders. The Charlotte law, as written, allows any man into a women’s locker room or bathroom. (see keepncsafe.com) The man only has to claim he “feels” female. I cannot believe anyone thinks this is good public policy. Why aren’t the churches and child safety experts speaking up? I am flabbergasted by the silence.
V Weston says
This revelations suggests that all public bathrooms should be single use. The report say’s he molested boys NOT FEMALES>>!!!!
A Hoffman says
V Weston : Wrong.
This is the part of a long term pedophile agenda:
1) If a child is legally competent to make a choice of “gender” at age; the same child can choose who and when to have sex at the same age.
2) Bathrooms become viewing/recruiting grounds. Challenging a man walking into a woman’s bathroom after a child will be a hate crime/civil rights violation.
Changing 99.7% of society to accommodate the mental disturbed /sexually confused doesn’t seem rational.
Transgenders are not ‘born that way’. They have been indoctrinated by the insane Far Left that must be searching for something in order to succumb to such idiotic nonsense. No one can change their gender. You will die what you were born and transgenders will never be accepted, even by those that rally for them. The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte law are examples of enablers that seek to ruin America and do not care about all the lives that they are ruining along the way.