Monday, November 03, 2014

Under The Bus Again

In politics we are often the whipping child of political debates. In Wisconsin we are issue that being brought up in the debates.
Transgender inclusion, marriage equality, and anti-bullying at issue in Minnesota House debates
Twin Cities Daily Planet
By Andy Birkey
November 02, 2014

Despite a media narrative that LGBT issues are not a campaign issue in 2014, those issues have come up multiple times in debates across the state.

Marriage equality and the newly passed Safe and Supportive Schools Act (which included protections for LGBT students) have been popular topics at debates, and for the first time in recent memory, issues affecting the transgender community in Minnesota came up in campaigns, an issue that Republicans condemned and DFLers [Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party] largely dodged.

District 2A runs from the Northwest Angle through the central part of the state to Bemidji. In 2012, DFLer Roger Erickson defeated sitting Republican David Hancock. On Oct. 14, the two met for a candidate forum hosted by Lakeland Public Television. The candidates were asked about the Minnesota State High School League’s proposed transgender-inclusive athletics policy.
Republican David Hancock opposes the Safe and Supportive Schools Act and DFL candidate Roger Erickson defend the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act but want to throw us under the bus for the Minnesota State High School League’s proposed transgender-inclusive athletics policy.

I wonder how many of the candidates know about the U.S departments of Education and Justice rulings that gender identity and expression fall under Title IX or the NCAA Transgender policy.

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