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Brooklyn Orthodox Councilman Plans Gender-Segregated Beach Days

A Brooklyn lawmaker is renting a government-owned beach to host two gender-segregated swim days this summer for his Jewish and Muslim constituents, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch is raising private funds to cover the cost of taking over the beach at Kingsborough Community College. Under his plan, June 29 would be set aside for men and boys from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while July 27 would be reserved for women and girls during those hours.

Deutsch is hopeful that there won’t be an issue over the separation of church and state at tax-funded facilities, as the beach is normally closed on Fridays due to the college’s summer schedule.

“I have a lot of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constituents in my district who have never been able to go to the beach before,” he told the Post. “They’ve never been able to smell the beach, to walk in the sand. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach.”

Deutsch said men and women of all faiths would be welcome on their respective days.

He said he did not ask the city’s Human Rights Commission for guidance but doesn’t expect any issues. He couldn’t say how a transgender individual would be treated.

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