Sunday, March 12, 2023

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."

The Republicans are doing it again and expecting different results!

Last month I wrote about the Republican attempt to define a woman, well it is now in the Florida legislature.

Florida GOP lawmakers take aim at defining sex and gender
Orlando Sentinel
By Steven Lemongello and Jeffrey Schweers
March 09, 2023

Republican bills aimed at preventing transgender children from transitioning have led to a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and the LQBTQ community. One proposal would allow the state to take a child away from a parent even “at risk” of doing so.

But in this year’s legislative session, the issue is just one part of a larger GOP focus on defining sex and gender in general.

“At its core, it is a reductive worldview that sees people as nothing more than their reproductive organs,” said Brandon Wolf, spokesman for Equality Florida, an LGBTQ advocacy group. “And I’ve never seen a group of people more obsessed with what genitals other people have than the right wing.”

Have you noticed that the Republicans have an unhealthily fixation on what is between your legs?

In Arkansas according to NBC News a Republican lawmaker asked:

An Arkansas lawmaker shocked onlookers this week when he asked a transgender health care professional about her genitals at a hearing on a bill that would prohibit gender-affirming care for minors.

Gwendolyn Herzig, a pharmacist who is a trans woman, was testifying Monday in support of the treatment for minors during a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“You said that you’re a trans woman?” Republican state Sen. Matt McKee asked Herzig. “Do you have a penis?”

The audience erupted, with some audibly gasping and at least one person shouting, "Disgraceful."

"That's horrible," Herzig said, after taking a few moments to gather herself. "I don't know what my rights are, but that question was horribly inappropriate."

Their minds are in the gutters.

There is an acknowledgment in Fine’s transgender bill that science is complicated when it comes to sex and gender. Despite the specific language that the gender on someone’s birth certificate can’t be changed, the bill would allow treatment by a “good faith” physician on minors with “ambiguous” sexual characteristics or those without “normal sex chromosome structure.”

That appears to allow intersex surgeries, which alter genitals to make them appear more normal. They have been deemed medically unnecessary and intrusive, with some hospitals refusing to perform them on children too young to consent.

How demeaning having to prove you’re woman, can you imagine a cisgender having to prove she’s a woman!

The Republicans seem to be okay with preforming gender surgery on a day or two old baby.

Intersex people have been challenging 'gender-normalizing surgery.' Doctors are starting to listen.
An increasing number of surgeons are giving parents of intersex children options, rather than recommending surgery as a default solution.
NBC News
By Julie Compton
October 26, 2021


Though many children with CAH undergo “gender-normalizing surgery” to make the genitals look more typically female in infancy, Brown-King’s parents decided to wait until Brown-King was old enough to choose. But Brown-King said severe bullying over their appearance drove them to get the surgery at 13. Looking back, Brown-King, who now works for InterAct, an intersex advocacy group, said they would have made a different choice “had I known that it was OK to have the body that I had.”

These so-called gender-normalizing surgeries have been performed on intersex babies and toddlers since at least the 1950s — usually in secrecy, without ever telling the children when they get older. Until recently, doctors saw a genital difference as a “psychosocial emergency” and rushed to assign a gender and perform surgery, believing children would be psychologically harmed otherwise, according to Dr. Sue Stred, a retired pediatric endocrinologist who has worked with intersex youth for nearly three decades. Emergency surgery, however, is only necessary in rare cases —  if a child can’t urinate properly, for example, according to medical  experts who work with these children.

But that doesn’t mean anything to the Republicans, they are against surgery that heals and for surgery that creates harm.

While we are talking about Florida...

Two articles in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel caught my attention. The first is an editorial...

Our basic freedoms are under constant attack in ‘free’ Florida | Editorial
By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
March 11, 2023

Florida developers are famous for naming subdivisions after the wildlife they chased away (”Turtle Run,” “Heron Pointe”). In the same vein is Gov. Ron DeSantis’ hideously hypocritical claim that “freedom lives here.”

If DeSantis and the Legislature have their way, Florida will be where freedom went to die.

They are subverting everything in the First Amendment except religion, and that’s only a matter of time. The governor’s defamation legislation is a thunderous “Shut up!” not just to the media but to every citizen, all 22 million of us, who might ever want to criticize some political or corporate abuser of power.

A woman’s freedom of choice will end at six weeks, before many know they are pregnant…

Public employee unions (except those in law enforcement and corrections) will be denied payroll deductions for their dues…

They ban anything related to critical race theory, diversity or inclusion from universities’ curricula as well as from their budgets…

 Another “sit down and shut up” bill. The winning side in a lawsuit over challenges to a local comprehensive plan or amendment would be entitled to attorneys’ fees and costs from the loser…

Another assault on the freedom of voters to amend their constitution, without the Legislature’s consent, through ballot initiatives…

These would distort defamation laws, allow suits for “false light,” which were banned by the Florida Supreme Court, waive existing protections for journalists…


If the Legislature passes these bills, it will only continue the assault on freedom in the so-called free state of Florida.

And the second article in the Sun Sentinel is;

LGBTQ Floridians heading to state Capitol, where they face increasingly hostile political climate
By Anthony Man
March 11, 2023

When LGBTQ Floridians, their families and their supporters arrive in the state capital Monday to start two days of what organizers are calling pride, passion and resistance, they’re more likely to encounter a brick wall of opposition than a welcome mat and an open door.

In the last two years, the rhetoric and policies flowing from Gov. Ron DeSantis, his administration, and the Republican-controlled state Legislature have left the LGBTQ community, along with family members, friends and employers anxious as they adjust to a new reality and wait to see what comes next from Tallahassee.

Then the little would be dictator lied…

Five months after DeSantis was sworn in, he appeared at an event to commemorate the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse, the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub where 49 people were killed in a 2016 mass shooting.

He promised to sign off on $500,000 budgeted for a permanent memorial of the attack. And the governor shook hands at the event with Brandon Wolf, a shooting survivor whose two best friends were killed at Pulse. “It means a lot for you to be here, maybe more than you know,” Wolf told DeSantis.

But he was just lying, just like all the other Republicans!

Two years later, DeSantis vetoed $150,000 in state funds to provide counseling for Pulse survivors along with funding to create housing for homeless LGBTQ youth. On the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month in June 2021, DeSantis signed legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s school sports.

Republicans will lie, cheat, and do anything to get elected and then their true colors comes out.

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