U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s latest re-election ad playing across the state of Kentucky, is just the latest example of the Republicans’, focus on rhetoric against transgender people using fear and hatemongering.
University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines joins Paul in his fight against transgender women participating in women’s and girls sports. Gaines tied with transgender woman swimmer Lia Thomas, of the University of Pennsylvania, at an NCAA event. Since then, she’s shown up on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show and alongside GOP candidates like Herschel Walker at campaign events.
Gaines recounts her experience as a student-athlete in Paul’s ad.
“I trained from an early age, giving it my all to achieve my dream. And I accomplished it, becoming a 12-time All-American swimmer at the University of Kentucky. But for girls across America, that dream is being taken away by men competing in women’s sports.”
Gaines said in the ad that Paul would “fight for fairness for women and girls,” which is why she’s supporting him.
Paul’s wife, Kelley, made transgender and gender identity one of the main themes of her stump speech at Fancy Farm, a prominent political speaking event in West Kentucky. She and several other Kentucky GOP figures purposely misgendered transgender women at that event.
President Donald Trump may be on a 17-day vacation but his White House has been scrambling to hand him a “win” by the time he returns. Trump’s tweets last week announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the U.S. military was turned into a “guidance” policy for implementation that passed muster with the White House Counsel’s office Friday night.
Approved by Trump, the new policy is expected to be now delivered into the hands of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has been quiet on the issue with approximately 15,000 trans service members under his command. After his review, Mattis is expected to order a deliberate implementation by the Pentagon, which could take a period of time.
Though the policy—called “A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out”—has not yet been made public, sources familiar with the planning said it would encourage early retirement, usher out any enlisted personnel after their contract is up, and would fire trans officers up for promotion. Basically, said a source, “the administration wants to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can.”
No one yet knows what will happen to the service members currently fighting in combat. The new policy does allow trans service members to continue serving but apparently does not offer any protection from harassment or other efforts to get them to quit. – via the Washington Blade
Lambda Legal intends to file a lawsuit against the trans-military ban.
So far other than a press release the Human Rights Campaign has done nothing except sent out junk mail solicitations for donations and applications for the HRC credit card .
The Tennessee General Assembly returned to business on Tuesday, and they did not waste any time setting a new low by blatantly attacking Tennessee’s transgender community by introducing SB 2282 by *Watson (*HB 2279 by *Floyd) aka The Tennessee Restroom Amendment that would stop transgender individuals from using their gender specific restrooms and force them to use their birth sex restrooms in public places or be punished by law.
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 68,Chapter 15, Part 3, relative to public restrooms and dressing rooms.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1 Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 68 , Chapter 15, Part 3, is amended by adding the following language as a new section: 68-15-304 a) As used in this section:
(1) “Sex” means and refers only to the designation of an individual person as male or female as indicated on the individual’s birth certificate;
(2) “Public building” means a building owned or leased by the state, any agency or instrumentality of the state or any political subdivision of the state;
(3) “Restroom” means a room maintained within or on the premises of any public building and made available to the public, containing toilet facilities for use by employees or the public;
(5) “Dressing room” means a room maintained within or on the premises of any public building, used primarily for changing clothes. (b) Except as provided in § 68-15-303, where a restroom or dressing room in a public building is designated for use by members of one particular sex, only members of that particular sex shall be permitted to use that restroom or dressing room. (c) A violation of subsection (b) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a to a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00).
SECTION 2. If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to that end the provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law last May a bill that would prohibit local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than protections laid out by the state government. The law was specifically made to target a recently enacted Nashville ordinance that banned city contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender people and specificlly used an anti-LGBT propaganda commercial to help push the legislation through the House which insinuates that LGBT people will rape and murder their children if anti-LGBT laws are not enacted.
“Libra” feminine hygiene products of Australia and New Zealand which are a part of SCA Global which produces and markets personal care products, tissue, packaging, publication papers to more than 100 countries under many different brands has a new commercial that is marheting it’s tampon line by mocking the AU and NZ’s transgender community.
The entire ad is based on the premise that only ‘real’ women get periods, and that if you don’t then you aren’t women at all. Just awful transphobic rubbish, and they should be called out for making it and airing it.
With unemployment an ongoing issue and women now outnumbering men in the workforce, the new comedy series “Work It” follows two alpha males who realize the only way to beat the current “mancession” and land a job in pharmaceutical sales is to pass themselves off as women. Combining all the best elements of the workplace comedy, the buddy comedy and the family comedy, “Work It” centers on Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke) — a quick-witted and likable family man who used to be a top car salesman until he got laid off — and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) — a single, hot-headed ladies’ man with no filter — who quickly learn there are fundamental differences in the worlds of men and women that go beyond teetering in high heels and tightening up with Spanx. Lee and Angel are determined to keep their ruse going for as long as they can — and keep their newly found jobs — in this smart, funny and relevant look at male and female relationships at work, at home and socially. Being a better man sometimes means having to be a better woman.
So basically what we are talking here is nothing but a rehash of the old 80’s television sitcom “Bosom Buddies” which starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scholari. Does that mean that “Bosom Buddies” and even the movie classic “Some Like It Hot” was “transphobic?”
From reading the ABC’s description below one would think that “Work It” was more “mysogynist” than “transphobic” since the men are blaming the women for taking over the workplace and the “mancession” (which is total bunk by the way). And the charcters to not identify as “trans” characters. Its not their orientation. They are straight men who are dressing in drag for work not because its their inner and true identity. Much like many drag queens in the entertainment business.
Gennt Beeman and Sue Rankin at AlterNet write:
To transgender women, these images are no laughing matter. Their femaleness is no masquerade, yet they often experience discrimination for not being able or not desiring to “pass “as women……. Work It makes a mockery of transgender experiences. It portrays “men in dresses “(a common caricature of transgender people) as comically absurd, while, at the same time, depicting a world in which the difference between one’s gender presentation and gender at birth is a non-issue. If only it were that easy for individuals assigned male at birth to be accepted as they see themselves, as women.
GLAAD of course has reached out to ABC about “Work It” and has been talking with them for months. But the real question is “Work It” truly transphobic and portraying transsexuals in a bad light or just a crumby rehash of an old sitcom about two straight men who dress as women to get jobs and is it any more offensive than the negative stereotypes that LOGO TV’s The A List represents of real gay men? Which by the way GLAAD has never said anything about in two years.
Coming right on the heels of its debut of HuffPo’s new Gay Voices section. On November 3, the Huffington Post published a grossly transphobic article asking readers to determine which female celebrity actress “has got the more ‘tranny’ look.”
The article – which appeared in Huffington Post’s Style section and was written by Ellie Krupnick she uses the terms “tranny” and “transvestite” – both derogatory ways to describe transgender people. In a twisted attempt to appear civil, Krupnick even assures both actresses that, unlike “transvestites,” they are “gorgeous” and shouldn’t take the poll personally.
If Huffington Post sweriously wants to build a LGBT audience this is certainly NOT the way to do it.
Ellie Krupnick should never be allowed to write for HuffPo again.