Friday, March 17, 2023

Off The Deep End!

This is right out of the wild west, bounty hunters!

That’s right, they want bounty hunters to track those horrible drag queens. How sick is that?

Taking a page from the anti-abortion fight in Texas, a Republican lawmaker wants to make everyday citizens bounty hunters looking for drag queens.
The Advocate
By Christopher Wiggins
March 12 2023

A Texas Republican lawmaker proposed a bill allowing everyday people to sue anybody who hosts or performs in drag where any child is in attendance. Critics say the measure will create a bounty-hunting culture that targets drag queens and transgender people.

Houston-area state Rep. Steve Toth filed HB 4378 on Thursday. He seeks to define “a cause of action for drag performances performed in the presence of a minor.”

According to the bill, “An individual who attends a drag performance as a minor may bring an action against a person who knowingly promotes, conducts, or participates as a performer in the drag performance that occurs before an audience that includes the minor….”

A winning plaintiff can expect to be paid actual damages, attorney’s fees, and statutory damages of $5,000.

This is sick! Sick! Sick!

This election cycle, Republicans are positioning themselves as the defenders of “parental rights,” which those on the right believe have been eroded by “woke” ideology being pushed secretly by teachers and professionals who work with children.

However, this bill strips parents of the right to, for example, take their children to a family-friendly brunch hosted by a drag queen.

They are on a power trip! They don’t care the harm they are doing, the trauma to children!

This is only for one thing to win votes!

Where will the madness end?

The bill states that civil action can be brought up to ten years after the offending event.

Activists warn that the bill’s language will paint a target on transgender people and potentially make their participation in the arts illegal because of how drag is defined by the Republican legislature, which makes performing in any way representative other than one’s gender assigned at birth verboten.

For example, transgender rights activist and reporter Erin Reed points out that the bill could potentially bar Grammy-winning singer Kim Petras, the first out trans person to win the coveted award for best pop performance by a duo or group, from performing in Texas.

"These bounties can easily be turned against trans performers," Reed wrote. "It could ban a trans person singing karaoke. It could ban pride."

How sinister is this? Ten years statute of limitations! Sick… sick… sick!

Who is there next? Who is their next target?

Then we have this down in Florida, one of the states in the competition of which state can have the most draconian law.

A rash of proposed Florida laws use 'genocidal rhetoric' to attack trans people, legal experts say
Business Insider
By Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert and Katie Balevic
arch 13, 2023


  • A slate of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in Florida this month.
  • If passed, the bills would restrict access to gender-affirming care and classify it as child abuse.
  • Experts told Insider the bills are posturing ahead of the 2024 presidential race.
A series of new bills in Florida taking aim at health care providers offering gender-affirming care and parents who support their trans kids are part of a targeted attack against gender nonconforming people in the state, legal and mental health experts told Insider, with the aim to "erase them from public life entirely."

In addition to a proposed Florida House bill that would prohibit a person's sex from being changed on their birth certificate and make gender-affirming care for minors illegal, GOP legislators in the state of Florida also proposed bills this month that would:

Allow the state to modify child custody agreements if a parent supports their trans child in transitioning and classify providing gender-affirming care as child abuse

Makes it a misdemeanor for a trans person to enter a bathroom that does not align with their sex assigned at birth

Expand the state's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill to include charter schools and prohibit instruction on gender identity and sexuality through the 8th grade

"Florida Republicans are methodically pushing policies that encourage transgender people and their families to flee the state or erase them from public life," Carlos Guillermo Smith, a special project manager for Equality Florida and a former representative in the Florida House, told Insider. "It's government-imposed gender conformity, and if it isn't stopped, it will not end here."

That is exactly what they want us to do, flee the state or go deeply in the closet.

This is what NAZI Germany did! We had a choice back then: flee the country, go deep into the closet, or go to the gas chamber.

Advocates, legal scholars, and mental health professionals each told Insider the push for the latest anti-trans measures in the state of Florida appears to be driven by Gov. Ron DeSantis's apparent White House aspirations. 

"This is all about politics, and this is all about bolstering DeSantis is run for the presidency," Caraballo told Insider. "I think what you're seeing is essentially a race to the bottom in terms of the sheer level of depravity and animus and hatred that they can exhibit and just plain cruelty that they can exhibit towards trans people. And DeSantis has every incentive to participate and demonstrate in that cruelty."

A vote for a Republican is a vote for to ignore all the pain and suffering for us. 

In another Advocate article…

By John Casey
March 10 2023

In the face of inflation, looming job losses (General Motors announced buyouts, and when GM goes, so goes the country), war in Ukraine, mass shootings, raising the debt ceiling, and dangerous train derailments literally and figuratively piling up, the House GOP this week unveiled its top priority — whitewashing the insurrection on January 6.

The first plank in that platform was House Speaker Kevin McCarthy providing Fox News's demonic demagogue Tucker Carlson with over 40,000 hours of security footage from the U.S. Capitol on that fateful day. No one else in the media was given this material. McCarthy bizarrely claims it's about “transparency.”


In an equally laughable press conference given by House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the Republican twisted himself into a pretzel trying to explain Carlson’s take on Jan. 6, and then he somehow said that the tapes showed Loudermilk didn’t do anything wrong, and that Democrats owed him an apology.

And he said, and this one is rich, that all Democrats want to do is talk about Jan. 6, as opposed to Republicans who don’t.

They live in a never, neverland! In some fantasy world and they think that we will not remember what we saw on January 6st.

All the Republicans is lie, lie and lie! They don’t know how to tell the truth.

Another ally has come forward! And she is a biggie!

Lily Tomlin Calls Rash of Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills 'Insane' and a 'Travesty'
The acclaimed lesbian performer minced no words in a recent interview.
The Advocate
By Trudy Ring
March 16, 2023

Lily Tomlin has spoken out against the rash of anti-LGBTQ+ and specifically anti-transgender legislation being considered and passed in states around the nation, calling it “insane.”

“I mean, limiting any group’s rights is a travesty. People cannot push backwards to that,” the out actress said in a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment.

She had a special ire for Florida and its Republican governor, Ron DeSantis. A ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth, done as a regulation by medical boards, went into effect Thursday, and the legislature is trying to pass a law to make the ban even stricter. Florida also passed the nation’s first “don’t say gay or trans” law, limiting discussion of LGBTQ+ issues and identity in public schools.

“It’s insane,” Tomlin said. “I don’t know what DeSantis hopes to do in Florida, and I can’t believe he can marshal that many people to support him. Because most people know when injustice is being done. They sense it themselves, whether they even accept your point of view or not. At least they would be equivocating. They would just say, ‘Well, that's what that group of people wants. You know, they're not harming anyone.’”

Thank you for speaking up!

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