Friday, May 20, 2016

Even After We Won The Battle The War Goes On

In the states and Washington DC where we had laws protecting from discrimination the war still goes on and on.
Alleged Transgender Assault Puts Spotlight on DC Area Laws
NBC Washington
By Mark Segraves and Gina Cook
May 19, 2016

Gender identity discrimination laws in the D.C. area are receiving renewed attention after a security guard was charged Wednesday with assaulting a transgender woman who was using the women's bathroom at a Giant grocery store.
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In D.C., it's against the law to deny someone access to a bathroom based on their gender identity and the District requires that single-user bathrooms be gender neutral.
That didn’t stop the security guard from throwing her out of the store and here in Connecticut a citizen took matters into her own hand when she confronted a trans woman in the bathroom.
Woman with short hair mistaken as transgender, got harassed in bathroom
She cut her hair to donate them to cancer patients, but got discriminated and insulted by a transphobic stranger
Gay Star News
By Nigel Tan
May 19, 2016

On 13 May, she was in the women’s bathroom at Walmart when a stranger decided to confront her.

‘She said, “You are not supposed to be here, you need to leave,”’ Toms described of her encounter with the woman in the Facebook video she posted.
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‘After experiencing the discrimination they face firsthand, I cannot fathom the discrimination transgender people must face in a lifetime,’ Toms added. ‘Can you imagine going out every day and having people tell you you should not be who you are or that people will not accept you as who you are?’
In both cases they were not breaking any laws but because of all the hate being stirred up by the Republicans and their fear-mongering it is putting everyone at risk.

In Minnesota one of the first states to pass gender inclusive non-discrimination law are now trying to amend that law according Fox6Now.
But in Minnesota, where Target is headquartered, a Republican state senator has proposed a bill that would restrict access to restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms based on “biological sex.”
Since the law was passed in 1993 there has never been any incident in Minnesota where a transgender person sexually assaulted anyone in a bathroom, since the law was passed there has not been anyone who used the law to justify sexually assaulting anyone but this isn’t good enough for the Republicans they want to demonize us for votes and campaign donations.

In today’s climate we must be vigilant to attempts to roll back our protections.

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