Legislation Would Force Trans Students Into Restrooms And Locker Rooms Based On ‘Chromosomes And Anatomy As Identified At Birth’
A bill banning transgender students in public schools from using restrooms and locker rooms thatÂ correspond with their gender identity passed the South Dakota Senate Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 20-15, and now heads to the governor’s desk.
Republican Gov.Â Dennis Daugaard “has said the measure seems like a good idea and plans to research the issue andÂ listen to recorded testimony before making up his mind on whether to make the bill law,” the Argus Leader reports. Last week, Daugaard said at a press conference,Â â€œI have not met a transgender personÂ that Iâ€™m aware of.”Â
The bill, HB 1008, “would mandate that students use facilities corresponding with their ‘physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth,’ not the gender with which they identify,” the Huffington Post reports.Â
Speaking in favor of the bill, GOP Sen. Brock Greenfield (photo) claimed “there’s a very real agenda, there’s a real effort nationwide to promote this issue.”
“This issue has been thrust upon us by an activist group of bureaucrats in Washington, DC.,â€ he claimed.Â â€œItâ€™s only been a product of recent decisions made at the federal level.â€
Greenfield also, falsely, claimed that transgender people “spontaneously decide they no longer consider themselves transgender, and that happens with great frequency.”
â€œThis bill hurts transgender students, takes away control from local schools, and doesnâ€™t solve any problems. In fact, it does more harm than good to both trans kids and SouthÂ Dakotaâ€™s reputation,â€Â National Center for Transgender EqualityÂ Executive Director Mara Keisling said in a statement. NCTE calls the bill “cruel.”
Buzzfeed notes “the legislation is the latest in a national movement to ban transgender people from using restrooms that reflect the gender identity. Conservative organizations have united around a battlecry of banning ‘men in womenâ€™s bathrooms‘Â to push such policies in schools â€” and to block or repeal LGBT nondiscrimination laws.”
On Twitter, opponents of the transphobic bill have been using the state’s tourism hashtag, #hifromSD,Â to get their message heard:
â€” Jonathan Ifergan (@jifergan) February 17, 2016
â€” Angie Buhl O’Donnell (@angiebuhl) February 17, 2016
So ashamed of our legislature’s bigotry. #HiFromSD
â€” Saila Erion (@SailaErion) February 17, 2016
â€” Dustin Edmison (@dedmiso) February 17, 2016
â€” Joe Loveland (@jloveland) February 17, 2016
â€” sara lemma (@sarajlemma) February 17, 2016
â€” William DeGeest (@williamdegeest) February 17, 2016
â€” Corinne McCreery (@CoriMarie21) February 17, 2016
â€” Cole Mickens (@colemickens) February 17, 2016
#HiFromSD where I feel ashamed to live in such a horrendously discriminatory state.
â€” al pal (@aliceserine) February 17, 2016
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US Organization Promoting Freedom in Other Countries Issues Warning to America
Freedom House, a U.S government-funded but independent non-profit (NGO) founded in 1941 to promote democracy, advance freedom, and fight fascism around the world on Wednesday found itself facing fascism at home.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Freedom House’s first co-chair. The organization was “founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.”
On Wednesday President Donald Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, saying, “get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”
Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power – never before in question since the Declaration of Independence was signed 244 years ago – was by default a threat of violence, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said.
This is obvious, but still worth saying: declining to commit to a “peaceful transfer of power” is itself a threat of violence.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 23, 2020
Wednesday evening Freedom House issued what amounts to a warning – to its fellow Americans.
“A key tenet of democracy is that politicians respect the electoral process and the will of the people,” Freedom House said via Twitter. “There is nothing more anti-democratic than a leader who refuses to concede defeat.”
A key tenet of democracy is that politicians respect the electoral process and the will of the people. There is nothing more anti-democratic than a leader who refuses to concede defeat.https://t.co/YPvwoHRpvx
— Freedom House (@freedomhouse) September 23, 2020
‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power
President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”
Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”
Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.
This is the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked. I’ve interviewed convicted killers with more empathy. @realDonaldTrump is advocating Civil War. https://t.co/8eMY9Csuhp
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) September 23, 2020
“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”
“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”
“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”
Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.
President Trump is asked if he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 23, 2020
‘I Have to Leave for an Emergency Phone Call’: Trump Splits From His Own Press Conference for a ‘Big Call’
President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.
“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”
Wow. Trump says he has to take "an emergency phone call" and walks away while ignoring a reporter's shouted question about what his message is to people who are upset over Breonna Taylor's killing pic.twitter.com/EWsjJOGwsg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2020
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