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Friday, April 22, 2016

Transgender people in bathroom: Laugh or cry

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:53 AM


Did the U.S. have a problem with transgender people using restrooms appropriate for their identity? We did not until the issue was developed as  political tool — effective, it must be said — to counter the rise of legal protections for LGBT people, beginning with same-sex marriage.

Donald Trump made perfect sense yesterday. What was wrong with the status quo?

To the Family Council hate group: Everything.  Channel 4 reports that a bathroom bill is high on the group's agenda for the 2017 legislative session. More common sense from Rita Sklar of the Arkansas ACLU:

"What is the problem that they're trying to solve?" asks Rita Sklar, executive director of ACLU Arkansas. "I haven't heard of any bathroom assault caused by transgender people."
North Carolina and Mississippi have suffered from their insistence on putting irrational fear into law. No reason Arkansas should be left behind. We largely flew under the radar when Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation in 2015 intended to provide explicit legal protection to those who want to discriminate against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodation. This time, he'll be unable to avoid the attention that comes from demonstrating to the world where the state stands on equal rights —  against.

That video above? It's the work of the "Liberal Redneck." Warning: Coarse language. Fear-mongering in the course of protecting discrimination inspires it.

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