Sunday, June 18, 2023

I Think We Knew This.

That the bathroom laws are more than just about bathrooms.

They are to bring back the 1950s with having to wear three items of male clothing on.
The Hill
June 12, 2023

There was a time when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said engaging in “bathroom wars” was not a “good use of our time.” Apparently, he has changed his mind on that issue.

On May 17, 2023, DeSantis signed legislation that imposes a number of restrictions on the transgender community in his state, including blocking them from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity.

I would argue that DeSantis should continue to see bathroom wars as a waste of time. In fact, the amount of time and energy legislators in Florida and other states across the country are spending on this issue is an outrage to me and, I believe, should be an outrage to every voter.

The trans population in this country represents less than 2 percent of the general population, yet politicians feel we need to occupy a much more significant portion of the political debate space. According to recent statistics, there are nearly 370 active anti-trans bills being considered by state legislators.
His war on “Woke” is costing Florida big $$$$! There is a growing court cost. Also it distracts the legislature from other import legislation.
With all the serious issues that our country faces, from immigration to inflation to abortion, it hardly seems that bathroom wars should be a priority for politicians. Yet, they routinely return to these kinds of matters, while avoiding the hard work that needs to be done to solve pressing and far-reaching problems.
Then there is the social costs… increased bullying in schools, more violence against our community, the increase of self-harm.
Consider the draconian details of the new Florida law; in basic language, it limits people to using the bathroom designated for the gender they were assigned at birth. Someone like me, who has gone through all the necessary psychological, medical and legal steps required to fully transition my gender, would still be required to use the men’s room. Safety is given as a reason for these laws, yet no one seems to care how safe I would be if I were forced to use a men’s room at this point in my life.
Education! Education! Education! The three “E” to our rights.
As history has shown us, however, people who do not have personal experience with an issue can be led astray and riled up by fear-mongering. That is exactly what is happening with the bathroom wars. Because the trans community is such a small part of the population, most people have no meaningful experience with transgendered persons. As a result, it is easier for politicians to use these issues to demonize us and stir up fear in those who are naive about the topic. It’s also politically safe for politicians to use that approach, since our numbers are not significant enough to make them care about our voting bloc.
They have banned books about Harvey Milk… they do not child to learn about him. It is toxic to their goals of forcing us back into the closet.
My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you…

Gay brothers and sisters, what are you going to do about it? You must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and that it will hurt them, but think of how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. I know that it is hard and will upset them but think of how they will upset you in the voting booth. Come out to your friends. If indeed, they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors, to your co-workers, to the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.
Wow! Can you imagine the children today reading about him?

The Hill article goes on to say,
The voices of the trans community alone are not enough to fight this battle. It is time for those who were on our side in North Carolina to put pressure on Florida and other states to repeal these kinds of hateful and harmful laws. American life is becoming increasingly unsafe for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and these laws are a major reason why.
We couldn’t do it here in Connecticut by ourselves we had over one hundred allied organizations on the gender inclusive bill.

Connecticut Pride made the news along with other Prides

Kara Murphy, a transgender woman helping to organize the Union County Pride in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, is heartened to see Pride celebrations across the country, big and small, shining a spotlight on transgender rights this year.

“When we look and see who’s standing up for us, it kind of signals the strength of the movement,” she said.

Whether it’s transgender grand marshals at the massive New York City Pride parade or a photo display of transgender victims of violence at the much smaller festival in Hastings, Nebraska, many celebrations this June are taking a public stand against state legislation targeting transgender people.


In New York City, where this year’s Pride theme is “Strength in Solidarity,” organizers selected representatives of the trans community to be among the grand marshals of the June 25 parade. There are also plans to have a float carrying transgender people of color.
A big difference from the first Pride parade in New York City where we were told not to come!
 In Connecticut, where restrictions on transgender people are not being proposed, organizers of the Middletown Pride still placed a major focus on trans rights in this year’s events, which Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont attended.

“Just seeing everything that’s happening in the legislation (elsewhere), we definitely wanted to make it a priority,” said Haley Stafford, event coordinator for the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce which helps to organize Middletown Pride. “Just because it’s not happening to us right now doesn’t mean that it can’t end up happening further down the line.”

I wonder is a Republican governor would march in a Pride parade?


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