Monday, May 02, 2016

What We Have Become

It has all boiled down we are nothing more than the bathrooms that we use.

Our whole existence has been distilled down to where we pee. Talk about being dehumanized, talk about being marginalized, in this election year politics have reduced us down to where we pee… every article this morning was related somehow to bathrooms. There are article on states trying to pass to pass bathroom bills, there are articles about stores policies on bathrooms, and there are articles on school bathroom policies. And that is it.

How did this happen? How did we go from the “Year of Transgender” to the year of the trans whipping girl?

I don’t think you can point to any “Ah Ha” moment, I think that it started when Republicans found that this was a wedge issue that they could exploit, and that we are an issue that brought in donations. Also I think it is the media, they found that they could attract readers and increase their advertisement rates.

The closes that I can get to an “Ah Ha” moment was Houston’s HERO ordinance. There were other legislative victories and losses but I think the media focused more on Houston, after all the first negative video ad against us was used in the Gainesville Florida referendum and that ad was used many times but it never got traction until Houston. Legislatures always never passed anti-trans bills until North Carolina and now there are cities that are passing their own anti-trans ordinances like they did in Oxford Alabama.

What can be done to counter this rash of new anti-trans laws…well basically nothing. The Republican control legislatures are hell bent in passing these laws. We can show all that facts in the world that we are the ones being attacked and we are not the attackers but if they don’t want to listen, if they see that they get votes for anti-trans laws, if they see it brings in campaign donations the legislators are not going to change their ways.

Look at their latest reasons to pass this legislation, “Waits maintained that Oxford's new bathroom ordinance was passed ‘not out of concerns for the 0.3 percent of the population who identify as transgender,’ but to protect women and children from predators and deviants.” So it is not because of us that they passed these laws but from others who will use these non-discrimination laws.



But that is only an excuse because “Critics of the law objected to the latter remarks, noting that sexual misconduct is already illegal (in bathrooms and elsewhere) under existing laws.” but they don’t care about facts. If that was true then they would have separate bathrooms for children and adults because it is mainly adult males that prey upon children.

So what can we do to change this? We can vote, we can work for candidates that support us. Those who say that they will vote for Sanders and never vote for Clinton well then you are really voting for Trump. We need to pass the Equality Act; we need to make it a federal law to discriminate against LGBT people in housing, employment, public accommodation, and in credit.

We need to make sure we have a Democratic presidency and Congress, particularly the Senate because they confirm the judicial appointments otherwise we will end up with more judges like justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Yes this year we are going to end up making a choice of the better of two evils, I don’t like it but that is reality.

1 comment:

Mandy Sherman said...

Isn't it a shame that instead of voting FOR the BEST candidate, in reality, we find ourselves voting AGAINST the WORST candidate. That is sad indeed.

Mandy