Wednesday, January 25, 2017

America Under Siege: Anti-Trans Battles Heat Up Around The US

We all know how North Carolina’s HB2—the so-called Bathroom Bill—affected that state; it discriminated LGBT Americans in so many way; it cost the state millions in lost revenue from canceled sporting events, concerts, and businesses who decided to move elsewhere. On the upside, it did flush the state’s bigoted, homophobic governor, Pat McCrory, out of office.

But the times are changing, back toward hate and intolerance; even though the Obama administration had issued guidance to public schools encouraging them to respect the rights of transgender students, it was deemed unenforceable and challenged in court. And with this new administration in power, one that believes only rich white men are worthy of protections, there are several new anti-trans bill floating around the country now ...

Anti-transgender bills have been filed across several states targeting transgender people using public restrooms. These despicable “bathroom bills” target transgender people by forcing them to use the restroom associated with either the gender on their birth certificate or their assigned sex at birth, such as:

Alabama’s Senate Bill 1 which requires businesses, schools, and other public places to either segregate restrooms by gender (which is not defined in the bill) or place attendants at each restroom to monitor people’s restroom use; that’s right, y’all, there will be genital police in bathroom.

Arizona’s House Bill 2293 prohibits people in state prisons from getting medically necessary surgeries related to gender transition, and ...

House Bill 2294 prohibits people on Medicaid from getting medically necessary surgeries related to gender transition


Indiana’s House Bill 1361 bars transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificates

Kentucky's House Bill 106 which requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings according to gender on their birth certificates, while...

House Bill 141 requires transgender students to use school restrooms according to their chromosomes and anatomy at birth, and lets other students sue schools if they encounter a transgender person in a restroom.

Minnesota’s House File 41 requires transgender students to use school restrooms according to their chromosomes and anatomy at birth, while ...

House File 43 allows people to use religion to deny people access to facilities
Missouri’s House Bill 202 requires  restrooms to be “gender-divided” and prohibits different local rules or ordinances, while ...

Senate Bill 98 requires transgender students to use school restrooms according to their chromosomes and anatomy at birth

New Jersey’s Assembly Bill 3976 requires the state Attorney General to defend schools in certain circumstances if they violate the federal guidance on respecting transgender students

South Carolina’s House Bill 3012 prohibits local governments from adopting transgender-inclusive policies that allow people to use restrooms according to their gender identity

Texas’ Senate Bill 6 requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings according to their birth certificates, and prohibits local governments from adopting any policies related to restroom use. Increases the mandatory sentences for crimes if they happen in a restroom

Virginia’s House Bill 1612 would have required transgender people to use restrooms in schools and other government buildings according to their original birth certificates, and allowed people to sue schools and government agencies if they encountered a transgender person in a restroom. It also would have required schools to notify parents within 24 hours if a student asked to be recognized as a gender different than the one on their original birth certificate, like by asking to use a different name or pronouns. Thankfully the General Laws Committee voted to not let it go forward to a full House vote, and ...

House Bill 2011 would have excluded transgender people from the state's nondiscrimination law, and prohibited local governments and schools from adopting policies that respect transgender people. The General Laws Committee also voted to not let this bill go forward to a full House vote, but ...

House Bill 1667 provides immunity to businesses and nonprofit organizations that discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Prohibits the government from requiring contractors to not discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and ...
Washington’s House Bill 1011 created  a carve-out in the state nondiscrimination law allowing businesses to bar transgender people from restrooms matching their gender identity, and ...

House Bill 1178 creates sweeping exemptions allowing people and businesses to discriminate against transgender people and same-sex couples based on their religious or moral beliefs

Wyoming’s House Bill 135 creates sweeping exemptions allowing people and businesses to discriminate against transgender people and same-sex couples based on their religious or moral beliefs

If you live in any one of these states, go to the National Center for Transgender Equality, HERE, and then go to Open States, HERE,  to find your state representatives to let them know you don’t stand with inequality ... write them, call them, Tweet thrm, Facebook them.

Resist. Raise your voice. Defy the administration and buck the hate.

Fuck the hate.

4 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Such fuss about something that causes no, if any, problem.

Sadie J said...

It should be such a huge non-issue.

Mitchell is Moving said...

What a world of hate. Thanks for sharing the contact info.

Helen Lashbrook said...

What is with these people that they hate so much? They are clearly unhinged; how much will it cost to police every public bathroom in each state requiring birth certificates before you go to the toilet; clearly these people are as insane as your (correction, sorry) their new leader