This Law Firm Is Linked to Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills Across the Country – NBC News:
“Bills have been introduced in 15 states nationwide this year that aim to restrict transgender people’s access to sex-segregated facilities. From Minnesota to New York, many of the legislative bills awaiting votes focus specifically on schools as kids and teens find themselves at the center of a battle over bathrooms.
But many of the so-called ‘bathroom bills’ filed across multiple states closely resemble each other. That’s because many used language strongly similar to the model legislation called the Student Physical Privacy Act drafted by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a powerful conservative Christian law firm with a decades-long track record of litigating against LGBT rights. It’s also been labeled a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
She’s 10 years old, and she’s transgender. Her parents are more scared than ever. | News | postandcourier.com:
“SUMMERVILLE — For her toenails, after careful thought, she chooses a shimmery purple OPI lacquer called Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs. Her mother opts for a pearly blood-red. The salon, bathed in fluorescent lights, reeks of acrylic and acetone. Her father, beads of sweat pooling on his forehead, hunkers down in a chair by the door.”
Governor, artists take aim at states’ transgender bathroom measures | Reuters:
“North Carolina’s governor on Tuesday made his latest attempt at convincing legislators to repeal a law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, while more than 140 entertainers called a similar measure proposed in Texas ‘a poison.'”
Inclusive Transgender Bathroom Policies Do Not Endanger Women :: Politics :: Features :: Bathroom Laws :: Paste:
“North Carolina Republican legislators, most of whom voted to racially gerrymander their own districts, hold supermajorities in both the state House and Senate. But despite agreeing to repeal an anti-LGBT law that has been nationally condemned and has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and counting, Republicans failed to do so on Dec. 21 during a hastily arranged special session called specifically to repeal it.
Now Republicans in other states including Texas, Washington and Virginia are moving to consider similar legislation, undeterred by the North Carolina law’s failings.”
New H.B. 2-Style Transgender Bathroom Bills in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky – The Atlantic:
“Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.”
How many people in the US identify as transgender? — Quartz:
“On Jan. 5, Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick unveiled a bill that would require Texas residents to use the bathroom assigned to their gender at birth. The bill, officially known as Senate bill 6 (pdf), is nearly identical to another ‘bathroom bill’ passed last year in North Carolina.
How many people would be affected by this new law? It’s remarkably difficult to know. Most surveys don’t ask about gender identity, and—even if they do—many transgender people are reluctant to disclose their gender identity to strangers. The best estimates available come from the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, which has compiled estimates for all 50 states.”
Update: Gov. McAuliffe promises to veto proposed “bathroom bill” | Gay Richmond News, Entertainment, Nightlife & LGBT Community Guide :: GayRVA:
“Update 1/4 – 3 PM – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has promised to veto a proposed bill that would allow people to sue the state if they found a transgender person in the restroom.”
State lawmakers file gender-specific locker room, bathroom legislation for second time – KMIZ:
“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate Bill 98 did not move very far during last year’s legislative session, but sponsor Senator Ed Emery is hoping this time around will be different.”
I disagree with Mr. Maher on this matter. Now is the time to keep the pressure on the candidates, not just for president but for congress and every other position up for vote in November.
It is the hope of GOP bigots any and all of their anti LGBQ legislation will slip under the radar of main stream media and the general public until there is too little desire to change these draconian laws.
Lets make sure no one forgets.
Bill Maher: Why Now’s Not The Time To Fight For Transgender Bathroom Rights – The Interrobang: “”
Affirming Identity | www.splicetoday.com:
“It was a weird week. On one hand, I’m coming off a lovely friendcation in the Catskills which afforded me some time to recharge, reminded me how loving and supportive so many of my friends are, and put me on track to accomplish some good work for the next few days. On the other, the United States is still dragging on trans rights like Messala at the end of chariot race in Ben-Hur—except we’re the ones who end up dead.”