ALBANY - A state policy to stock up on bras and panties for transgendered males in juvenile jails drew outrage Wednesday.
Republicans, religious groups and some Democrats blasted the state's decision.
"Where will we stop?" asked Assembly GOP Minority Leader James Tedisco. "Do they need lipstick and eyeliner?"
"It takes troubled kids and makes them more confused than they already are," Motley said.
The Office of Children and Family Services, which oversees 30 juvenile jails, quietly extended its anti-discrimination policy to include transgendered people.
The policy allows boys who believe they are girls to wear bras and panties, wear makeup, shave body parts and even request a transfer to a girl's facility.
Assemblyman Michael Benjamin said the policy could prove to be "disruptive" inside the facilities.
"I understand the need for the staff to be tolerant and respectful of those who are gay or transgendered because it sends a signal to the young people there, but I draw the line at clothing," Benjamin said.