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Analysis: MA voters pass trans law by large margin!
anti-gay, anti-trans reasoning
Over a decade ago when LGBT movement took the “gay marriage” battles into the state legislatures, and later into the federal courts, the major pro-family groups tried a similar strategy. As we reported at the time, they refused to argue that homosexuality was immoral, had terrible health risks, was fraught with addiction and mental health problems, etc.

Instead, they concocted less offensive arguments such as, “Every child needs a father and a mother” and “the word ‘marriage’ is special” – and used them almost exclusively. It actually worked for a little while. But while technically true, before long they were easily picked apart by the LGBT lobby, and they began their string of wins. Nevertheless, on every level the pro-family lawyers and lobbyists refused to budge from that approach. Without any credible opposing arguments, the “gay marriage” push cruised to victories right up to the US Supreme Court. It was a shameful display of legal malpractice.

Now with the “transgender anti-discrimination” bills the same thing is happening. Our side concocted the “bathroom safety” male predator argument as a way to avoid an uncomfortable battle over LGBT ideology, and still fire up people’s emotions. It worked in Houston a few years ago.

But the LGBT lobby has now figured out how to beat it.
lgbt  trans  prejudice  law  analysis  usa  2018 
8 weeks ago by UnchartedWorlds
Corporate Media Enabled Trump’s Anti-Trans Policies - Rewire.News
For me, the most frustrating part of the media coverage of the memo is the overly simplistic idea that these policies merely invalidate trans feelings. This isn’t a feelings issue, it’s a material issue. One of the central roles of government is to issue legal identification, and trans people have a right to identification that doesn’t out us as trans. No other demographic is subject to having one’s private medical history disclosed by presenting an ID. This shouldn’t be the case for trans people either. We shouldn’t have to disclose our status just to apply for a job or to vote, as we do in many states. Cis people are not entitled to that private information, and we shouldn’t be required to disclose it just to take part in normal, everyday life.
trans  law  media  analysis  usa  firsthand 
12 weeks ago by UnchartedWorlds
Pervocracy's Personal Tumblr — Cliff’s 2018 Massachusetts Voting Guide and...
I’ve written about this before, but “just use the bathroom that matches your chromosomes” is not a safe option for trans people. In addition to the obvious humiliation and awkwardness, a trans woman who is presenting as a woman cannot “just” go into a men’s bathroom and have everything be okay–doing so is announcing “HEY I’M TRANS, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT” to all the guys in there, and this is not a safe situation for her. If she can’t use the women’s bathroom, she basically can’t be away from home any longer than she can hold her bladder.

And remember, this is not some theoretical social experiment–this is upholding existing law and longstanding practice. Trans people have already been using the bathrooms corresponding to our gender, and you didn’t even notice, and it was fine. For years. Please let us keep doing that. It’s nothing to you and everything to us. Please vote YES on Question 3.
trans  toilets  law  usa  analysis  risk 
october 2018 by UnchartedWorlds
Professor Explores Dark Side of the Anti-Trafficking Movement - Higher Education
“You would hear exactly how migrant women would tell their stories of migration and then you’d see on paper how you needed to fit that narrative into these strict legal policy statutes,” says Shih. “So many times, you’d have to work with lawyers to take all of the agency out of the migrant workers’ stories to make them seem like victims in accordance to law.
rescue_industry  law  migration 
may 2018 by UnchartedWorlds
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