The city of Pella said it has reviewed the incident involving a middle teenaged biological female who went topless at the pool and used the men’s facilities earlier this month. The policy of the city is to allow people to wear clothing that conforms with their “gender identity” at the aquatic center.
“The city has reviewed the matter with legal counsel and no further action will be taken,” it said on Facebook. “The city considers this matter concluded.”
It added that the city operates its facilities in accordance with state and federal law, which violates “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Reaction was harsh:
“So if a grown man decided he felt like a woman, you would be OK with him going into the women’s shower room with women and little girls,” Connie asked. “Glad my kids are grown, we would never patronize your pool!”
“There is a city council meeting this evening at 6 p.m. Look up Iowa Code 728.5,” Jenny said. “The pool can enforce a PDA policy as long as it treats everyone the same.”
“I assure you, city of Pella, this issue is far from concluded,” Michelle said.
Another person named Michelle said she will “never” let her daughter go back.
“Sorry, I’m still old school,” she said.