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March 31, 2020

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

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The first of the two bills the Republican governor signed targets a transgender person’s ability to request a birth certificate change.

Under the new law, transgender individuals will no longer be able to change their listed sex on their official birth certificates and the certificate can only be amended within a single year of its initial filing. After that year has expired, the only grounds on which the certificate could be changed would be “fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact.”

Little’s approval of the bill comes almost exactly two years after U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that a similar Idaho ban was unconstitutional. Dale said in March 2018 that a law banning transgender people from making birth certificate changes was in direct violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and ordered the ban to be scrapped. Dale also warned the state against future restrictions that would run into the same legal problem.

Legal experts say that the newly approved bill will likely face similar legal challenges. An analysis of the bill conducted by the Idaho attorney general’s office determined that the bill could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.

The second transgender-related bill Little signed Monday bans transgender woman and girls from participating in women’s sports sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The law states that a female transgender student will not be allowed to join a women’s sports team.

Opponents to the bill, meanwhile, say that the bill is discriminatory against transgender girls and women who want to participate in sports, that it will require transgender females to undergo invasive or humiliating tests to prove their gender, and that such restrictions could turn prospective athletes away from sports altogether.

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the county, said that the bill marks Idaho as the first state in 2020 to target transgender people in such a direct way.

“We are living in an unprecedented global health crisis, with confirmed cases of Covid-19 increasing on a daily basis in Idaho, across the United States and around the world, but Governor Brad Little and the Idaho legislature have decided to prioritize the demonization of transgender people,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement.

“This is unacceptable, and a gross misuse of taxpayer funds and trust. Idaho is leading the way in anti-transgender discrimination, and at a time when life is hard enough for everyone, Idaho’s elected leaders will be remembered for working to make their transgender residents’ lives even harder,” he added. “Shame on Governor Little and the legislators who championed these heinous pieces of legislation.”

March 25, 2020

Right-Wing Activist Opposes COVID-19 Relief Since It Might Help Trans People

Again religion used to bash others.  In this case it is to prevent assistance to people at risk because of church bigotry.  Is this the message their holy book teaches, harm the most vulnerable, hurt the sick, deny help to those who do not worship as you do?   Hugs

Right-Wing Activist Opposes COVID-19 Relief Since It Might Help Trans People

Ed Martin, who runs the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a group modeled after the woman who arguably blocked the Equal Rights Amendment decades ago, says we shouldn’t adopt proposed relief efforts during the current pandemic because they may help transgender people.

Spoken like someone who has no conceivable idea of the hardships that trans people face.

And spoken like someone who despises a vulnerable group so much that if they are being helped by a relief program — one that would help everyone rather than singling out some groups over others — then no one should benefit.

By the way, just months ago, Martin spoke out against the proposed Violence Against Women Act because it would include trans women.

The Schlafly cruelty lives on.

More at the link above and quotes from this bigot himself.  Hugs

 

March 10, 2020

Conservative Christians Are Furious About Washington’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill

I am not going to copy any quotes from this as it is short read and everything in it is equally important.   If you want to see a great comprehensive sexual education program this is a good one, and if you want to see how ignorant these Christians are about sexual issues and how they want your kids as ignorant as they are, this is also a great read.    Even the idea of teaching students consent drives them crazy.     Hugs

Conservative Christians Are Furious About Washington’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill

February 1, 2020

It’s No Exaggeration: Sweeping South Dakota Bill Aims to Eliminate LGBTQ Rights

The attempt for the theocracy take over forcing all people to live by evangelical Christian dogma / doctrine.  

It’s No Exaggeration: Sweeping South Dakota Bill Aims to Eliminate LGBTQ Rights

Here’s what they’re proposing:

The state may not enforce, endorse, or favor policies that:

(1) Permit any form of marriage that does not involve a man and a woman;

(2) Appropriate benefits to persons who enter a marriage other than a marriage involving a man and a woman;

(3) Permit counties to issue marriage licenses to persons other than for a marriage involving a man and a woman;

(4) Treat sexual orientation as a suspect class or as a basis of prohibited discrimination;

(5) Recognize a person’s belief that that person was born a gender that does not accord with the biological sex of the person as determined by that person’s anatomy at birth;

(6) Appropriate tax dollars to pay for sex change operations;

(7) Ban conversion therapy. Under this subdivision, conversion therapy, means a therapeutic practice in which a licensed medical professional, acting under authorized consent, assists a client in the goal or realigning the client’s sexual preference to prefer members of the opposite sex who have corresponding reproductive anatomy;

(8) Permit public libraries or public schools in the state to partner with nonsecular organizations to promote, host, sponsor, favor, or endorse drag queen storytime;

(9) Mandate pronoun changes;

(10) Condone or affirm homosexual, transgender, zoophilia, objectophilia, polygamy, or sexual orientation doctrines; and

(11) Permit a person to change the sex on a birth certificate to a sex that does not accord with that person’s anatomy at birth.

In other words, the bill prohibits policies that make any part of LGBTQ people’s lives safer or more just. It sanctions bigotry by refusing to recognize that anti-LGBTQ discrimination should be against the law, then goes on to prohibit nearly every form of legislation that might decrease that discrimination in any way.

It’s not just the substance of the bill that makes it aggressively anti-LGBTQ either. It’s the vicious language used. Same-sex couples and trans people seeking gender-affirming surgery aren’t receiving benefits; they’re “appropriating” them. LGBTQ-friendly beliefs are conflated with “zoophilia, objectophilia, and polygamy” (which is, for non-monogamous people, an entirely separate can of worms).

It’s every trick in the anti-gay playbook all wrapped up in one handy bill.

On top of it all, HB 1215 isn’t the only anti-LGBTQ legislation to be introduced in the South Dakota legislature. HB 1057 targets doctors who specialize in care for young trans people by essentially outlawing trans health care for minors, including potentially life-saving puberty blockers and hormone treatments.

January 18, 2020

South Dakota GOP bill would jail doctors for 10 years if they provide trans health care to minors

Please understand this is not about safety or helping kids, it is about erasing trans people.   Puberty blockers should be started for trans kids just  puberty starts.   They do no harm, they simply stop the effect of the hormones from affecting the  body to make / change gender characteristics.    This is important because that lets a person who is trans keep from looking like the wrong gender.   A trans girl wants and should be allowed to look like a female, not forced to look like a boy in drag.   Same with trans boys, they should be allowed to look like males.  The blockers do not harm as if they are stopped regular puberty begins.   It simply is delayed but the process starts and continues as it would if the blockers were not used.    No one is letting kids get vasectomies and sexual reassignment surgery.  It is a scare tactic just like the misinformation about puberty blockers.  This is all about hurting and stopping people from identifying as trans.  It is another case of legislators wanting to be between the patient and their doctor.   Hugs

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/18/south-dakota-gop-bill-would-jail-doctors-for-10-years-if-they-provide-trans-health-care-to-minors/

South Dakota has proposed 16 anti-trans measures in recent years. Now the GOP wants to imprison doctors

House Bill 1057 would make it a felony to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to people under 18 years of age and bans surgeries like vasectomy and vaginoplasty.

The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch and has already drawn more than 40 co-sponsors in the Republican-dominated legislature.

This part is just a lie.  The medications are not dangerous and are used all over the world and the US without complications.  Rep. Fred Deutsch is wrong and using debunked scare tactics to outrage people.

“Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” he said, arguing that the procedures and medications barred under the bill are “dangerous” because of the psychological and physical effects they have on young people.

 

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban, who researches the mental health of transgender youth, told NBC that it is “unsettling to see state legislators proposing that standard medical care, as outlined by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and The Endocrine Society, should be a felony.”

The Endocrine Society and World Professional Association of Transgender Health both recommend puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender teens, though both organizations also recommend delaying surgeries until 18 years old. The report noted that only a quarter of transgender and gender non-conforming adults have reported undergoing transition-related surgery.

“Transgender kids, like all kids, deserve a chance to experience joy, to learn in a safe environment, to get the health care that they need, and to survive into adulthood,” said the ACLU’s Libby Skarin. “When the government proposes laws that would stigmatize them and undermine their care, they lose those opportunities.”

“The spate of anti-trans bills in South Dakota and elsewhere in recent years reflects an intentional strategy on the part of the anti-LGBTQ right wing,” wrote Gordon-Loebl. “Having lost the fight on gay marriage and recognizing the increasing national acceptance of lesbian gay and bisexual people, groups like [Alliance Defending Freedom] — alongside the Trump administration — have decided to pick off trans people, who are in many ways the most vulnerable and least protected members of the LGBTQ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

January 16, 2020

Florida Republicans submit 4 anti-gay bills on last day to file

Filed under: Bigotry, Gender, Hate, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Sex, Transgender news, Youth — Scottie @ 11:01

I do not understand the hate in these people, nor their desire to harm others not like them.    Also I am tired of politicians trying to make medical decisions for people instead of leaving it up to the patient and their doctor.    I use to have a muscle relaxer that worked really good for me.   The Florida state legislature in an attempt to look like they were addressing the opioid addiction problem, made it illegal for a pain doctor to prescribe it, while other doctors still can.   I have to use other drugs that do not work as well and have worse side effects.   The drug was not even an opioid.   I shouldn’t be forced to take medical advice from a legislator instead of my doctor.    Hugs

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/florida-republicans-file-4-anti-gay-bills-last-day-session-n1116256

The bills would repeal LGBTQ antidiscrimination ordinances, criminalize trans health care for minors and allow conversion therapy in places that had banned it.

Seven Republican lawmakers in Florida filed anti-LGBTQ bills late Monday, just hours before the deadline to file new bills for the coming legislative session.

If passed, the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.

Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ rights group, also decried the late-session bill dump.

“This is the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida Legislature in recent memory,” Jon Harris Maurer, the group’s public policy director, said in a press release. “It runs the gamut from openly hostile legislation that would arrest and imprison doctors for providing medically necessary care, to legislation that would carelessly erase critical local LGBTQ protections.”

“It is outrageous that conservative legislators would threaten their health and safety,” she said in a statement. “Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.”

Conservative Republicans across the country have lately moved to introduce bills that would criminalize the provision of medical care for transgender children — including treatments endorsed by all major medical organizations. Florida’s trans health care ban proposal joins a list of similar bills that have been filed in recent weeks by staunchly conservative lawmakers in Tennessee and Texas.

“Sadly, the medical care of transgender youth has been sensationalized and politicized,” Jack Turban, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, said. “Gender-affirming medical care for transgender adolescents is endorsed by major medical organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. It should go without saying, but providing standard medical care should not be a felony.”

 

 

 

January 2, 2020

Yet Republicans can ignore congressional subpoenas

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Gender, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Transgender news — Scottie @ 03:28

December 27, 2019

Trump’s New Legal Adviser Is an Anti-LGBT, Fox News-Ready Bomb Thrower

I really would like to ask the Log Cabin Republicans and Peter Thiel, who are all gay but support a party / person who would slit their throats without any remorse.   I keep hearing they think their money will protect them.  How the heck did that work out in Germany in the late 1930’s?  This has gone beyond a thought exercise we are watching the complete dismantling of every protection LGBTQ+ people have, and next will come the denial of jobs and housing, then the rounding up and jailing.   Damn it people remember history.   This is what the white evangelical hate preachers desperately want.   Hugs

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-new-legal-adviser-jenna-ellis-is-an-anti-lgbt-fox-news-ready-bomb-thrower?ref=home

And yet, Ellis, a constitutional law attorney who’d worked since last year as the public policy director at the James Dobson Family Institute, has quickly gone from relative obscurity to talking directly with the president about politics and impeachment. In recent weeks, he’s reached out to her to ask about fighting back against his Democratic enemies, and has casually analyzed and praised her TV hits when she’s not around, say two people with knowledge of the president’s conversations.

“She gets it,” Trump has privately gushed in the past month, according to one of these sources.

“I’m disappointed conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda… The Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights.”
— Jenna Ellis, after the Pulse nightclub massacre

More recently, Ellis says she’s even had the opportunity to flex her influence by counseling the president on his bombastic six-page letter delivered to Capitol Hill shortly before he was impeached this month, bashing Democratic leaders and insisting that “more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials” in the 17th century.

“I reviewed [the letter]…but it’s 100 percent him. It’s perfect,” Ellis told PJ Media last week. The letter’s drafting process included White House brass such as Trump’s immigration adviser and chief speechwriter Stephen Miller, though White House attorneys were largely cut off from the initial process.

Ellis’ roots are firmly in the Christian right. Her 2015 book, The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution, argues that progressive judicial philosophy has spawned “a culture that lacks objective morality and embraces secular ideas” and urges the country to “get back to being a biblically moral, upright society.”

“In an increasingly politically and religiously diverse America, we have been sold the idea that the political questions of government, rather than being dependent on faith, are completely separate,” Ellis argued in a 2017 column. “But the Founders saw these questions of who we say Jesus is and what we say government is [as] inextricably intertwined.”

Much of her recent fire as a legal commentator has been aimed at the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. And while she couches those arguments in legal terms, Ellis has also exhibited some general antipathy to the gay community. Her book complains that the Supreme Court “told the LGBT community that their homosexual lifestyle was not just legal privately, but morally validated openly through government recognition and social celebration and therefore equally as valued as heterosexual unions.”

In the wake of a 2015 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead, Ellis penned a column that condemned the massacre, but bemoaned that it was being used to dignify homosexuality.

“I’m disappointed conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda,” Ellis wrote. “Let me be clear—the Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights.” The piece was headlined, “Two Wrongs Do Not Make an LGBT Right.”

The facts are clear, they are not just coming for the brown and black people, they are coming for the rest of us who do not fit their idea of normal upstanding people.   We have seen this before and even in the last few years.   We need to be aware.   We are under attack.   Hugs

 

December 13, 2019

ICE Destroyed Footage Of A Trans Asylum-Seeker Who Died In Custody Despite A Request To Save It

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Hate, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Sex, Transgender news — Scottie @ 09:21

The video of 33-year-old Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, who died in US custody on May 25, 2018, was requested by an investigative division of ICE as part of a review into her death. In the June 4, 2018, email, an analyst with ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility requested a number of records related to Hernández’s death, including footage of her time at the Cibola County Correctional Center (CCCC) in Milan, New Mexico, on May 16–17.

“Please archive and retain all facility video surveillance footage,” the analyst asked, with the word “all” underlined.

However, in late August 2018, 95 days after Hernández’s death, ICE officials said in emails previously reported by BuzzFeed News that the footage was “no longer available,” suggesting it was because surveillance video is only kept for about 90 days.

December 8, 2019

Trans people are real and have the right to exist

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Gender, Hate, LGBTQ, Memes, Political, Questions, Sex, Transgender news — Scottie @ 06:18

December 3, 2019

What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/2/20970521/trump-administration-achievements

The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact about President Donald Trump: He has changed policy in ways that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Some of the Trump agenda is standard for a Republican president. White-collar criminal prosecutions have hit a 33-year low. The Justice Department defends state laws that could kick thousands off the voting rolls. The National Labor Relations Board is now more sympathetic to employers than unions. And military spending is on track to reach the same levels as during the height of the Iraq War.

But he’s gone further. While the media, understandably, focuses on Trump’s many scandals, his administration has quietly enacted a far more aggressive agenda than his Republican predecessors. Big boosts to fossil fuel production have come at the expense of an unprecedented deterioration in air quality. Tens of thousands of people have lost health insurance by administrative fiat, and millions are in the process of losing their nutritional assistance through the same mechanism. He’s remade the judiciary, installing conservative judges at twice Obama’s pace, and he’s consolidated a conservative majority on the Supreme Court that may endure for decades.

Much more at the link above.  Hugs

 

 

December 1, 2019

Wisconsin Church Hosts Thanksgiving for LGBTQ People Rejected By Their Families

Wisconsin Church Hosts Thanksgiving for LGBTQ People Rejected By Their Families

 

It’s a reminder that a family you choose is no less important than the one you’re given, and that churches can indeed play a role in promoting love and inclusivity instead of being a force for divisiveness.

 

“Having someone not accept you is really hard but when it’s someone as close with your family it’s much harder,” added Yellow Brick Road leader Marilyn Schuh.

We all deserve a place at a Thanksgiving table where we feel loved and accepted. Thanksgiving is about coming together and giving thanks for those people we love in our life. We couldn’t think of anyone else we would rather spend this day with than you!” reads the event’s description on Facebook.

As The Advocate notes, these kinds of events can’t be under-appreciated:

Events like these can help LGBTQ people feel connected and supported in the face of ostracism. In a 2013 Pew survey, about four in ten LGBTQ people reported being rejected by a friend or family member. LGBTQ youth are at a much higher risk of becoming homeless.

Having a community like this goes a long way to minimizing those risks.

November 28, 2019

Your friendly reminder that The Salvation Army is garbage

November 23, 2019

Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight

https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/lgbtq-rights-rollback

Yet since taking office, Trump’s administration has acted to dismantle federal protections and resources for LGBTQ Americans, particularly those gained under President Barack Obama.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment about its track record on LGBTQ issues. In response to our questions, agency officials defended these changes, largely depicting them as necessary corrections to overreach by the Obama administration. Elsewhere, the administration has also promoted its goal to “end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.” by 2030, which includes efforts to expand access to drugs that prevent and treat HIV infections.

ProPublica reviewed actions taken by the Trump administration that could directly affect LGBTQ citizens. We found dozens of changes that represent a profound reshaping of the way the federal government treats the more than 11 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

November 17, 2019

John Oliver on transgender

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, LGBTQ, Reason, Science, Sex, Transgender news — Scottie @ 06:09

November 16, 2019

A lifetime appointment.The damage that has been done by Moscow Mitch and tRump will last for generations if it ever can be fixed.

November 13, 2019

Let’s talk about impeachment, being uncomfortable, and saving lives….

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Gender, LGBTQ, Political, Questions, Science, Sex, Transgender news — Scottie @ 18:29

October 28, 2019

I would add it is about bigotry also

October 25, 2019

A description of what it is like to be born into the wrong gendered body.

Filed under: Gender, Health, LGBTQ, Sex, Transgender news — Scottie @ 14:45

Hello everyone.  Today on my Toy Box we are talking about transgender and what it means.   I am not transgender and so I am a bad spokesperson for that, but I have felt the adverse abuse from being different than the majority of the population. 

Here I found a great way to explain it and I hope everyone will give it a read.   I lifted it from a blog where the author is asking for money to help with surgery and so I will link to the post but not include it all.

I found the author’s way of describing what it is like to be born of one gender yet have the mind of a different gender.  Let me know what you think.   Hugs

http://goblinscomic.com/blog/facial-feminization-surgery

I’ve posted this on Twitter, but in case you’ve never seen it, here’s my way of describing how gender dysphoria feels to me…

October 24, 2019

MENstruation | Thinx

Filed under: Gender, LGBTQ, News, Questions, Reason, Things I like, Transgender news — Scottie @ 15:51

I fucken love this.   If you have a problem with it let me know, because it may be you have a stereotype in your head that needs help removing.   This is the kind of in your face advertising needs to be done on transgenderism.   Hugs

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