Christian conservative Linda Harvey has criticized a proposed Cleveland, Ohio ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public accommodations.

The proposed legislation is being championed by Councilmen Joe Cimperman and Matt Zone and will be discussed at a Workforce and Community Benefits Committee set for Wednesday.

Harvey, president of the Columbus-based Mission America, drew outrage from a Cleveland Plain Dealer headline which stated that the proposal would “open all public restrooms and showers to both sexes.”

Reporter Leila Atassi repeated the claim in the story's text: “Cleveland City Council is considering an ordinance that would require businesses to make their restrooms, showers and locker rooms available to both sexes.”

But the bill's aim is clearly not to force unisex facilities. Instead it would allow transgender people to access “facilities consistent with their gender identity or expression.”

“It's where the entire transgender nonsense has always been heading: open restrooms for both sexes, by law, punishable by fines,” Harvey wrote in a op-ed.

“So if a woman is alone in a business and sees some guy follow her into the restroom – and you know this will start to happen – and she screams and makes a huge fuss to draw attention to the male invading her privacy, SHE is the one who will get slapped with a $1,000 fine.”

“I guess it's okay with these callous ideologues for authentic women and girls, not 'transwomen,' to experience a few rough episodes of rape, child assault, public exposure, etc., all for the greater good, right?” she rhetorically asked.

Zone is quoted by the Plain Dealer as saying that the legislation is “long overdue.”

“We're in the 21st century, and it would allow Clevelanders to feel comfortable in their own environment and to use facilities that they're most comfortable with.”

Alan Jochum of Equality Ohio said that the legislation was meant to protect transgender people.

“A transwoman who is forced to enter a male restroom is subject to a much greater safety risk than if she uses the restroom she most identifies with,” Jochum said.