Texas High School Responds By Restricting Trans Student’s Restroom AccessÂ
A classmate snapped a photo of a transgender high school student in Texas using the restroom on Wednesday, then used it to bully them on Twitter.Â
In response to the incident, the principal at Timber Creek High School in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller told the student they can no longer use the boys’ bathroom.Â
Elliot Cope, 15, was born female but identifies as non-binary transgender and gender neutral, Fox Channel 4Â reports. “I don’t identify as male or female, I’m kind of both, but I’m just neither,” Cope says.
Cope was using a sink in the boys’ bathroom to wash clay off their hands on Wednesday, when an unidentified classmate snapped a photo of them, then posted it on Twitter under the caption “Walk in the boy [SIC] restroom and…”
Others subsequently retweeted the photo, writing things like “Ma’am are you lost?” and “omg let’s make gender neutral bathrooms for the ten people that would use them so they can get they [SIC] attention they want.” However, Elliot is also getting plenty of support on social media, with LGBT advocates tweeting about the incident under the hashtag #JusticeForElliot.Â
â€” Feminist Culture (@feministculture) March 24, 2016
Following the incident, Cope was called to the principal’s office and told they could no longer use the boys’ restroom, Fox Channel 4 reports. But Cope said an agreement for them to use gender-neutral faculty restrooms hasn’t been working out.Â
“Even though some of the administration did give me a pass that says I am allowed to use it, they still yell at me for it, and I get in trouble by janitors even,” Cope said.Â
In a statement to Fox 4, the district said, “when students request special accommodations related to gender identity, campus administratorsÂ workÂ with each individual to develop a plan that best suits the studentâ€™s needs as well as those of the entire student body.”Â
School board members in Keller recently rejected a proposal to add LGBT students to the district’s anti-bullying and nondiscrimination policies. The proposal was introduced in response to an incident at Timber Creek High School last year, in which school administrators barred a lesbian student from making a “promposal” to a girl.Â
Last year, Texas lawmakers introduced a proposal that would have placed a $2,000 bounty on the head of trans students who use restrooms according to their gender identity, but it died in committee. Texas’ University Interscholastic League also recently approved a policy that bars trans youth from playing sports according to the gender identity unless have have corrected their birth certificates, an expensive and difficult process.Â
And Wednesday’s incident in Texas took place on the same day that North Carolina GOP Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which among other things requires public schools to bar trans students form using bathrooms and locker rooms based on their genderÂ identity, unless they have corrected birth certificates.Â
Watch Fox 4’s report, above.
Some responses via Twitter:Â
â€” The Little Boy (@sethezachman) March 24, 2016
we should be encouraging the comfort of trans youth, not punishing it #justiceforelliot
â€” liam; 85 (@technicolordad) March 24, 2016
School should allow kids to be themselves and feel safe. #justiceforelliot
â€” Liaâœ¨ (@Bluefairylights) March 24, 2016
I am outraged that student cannot simply live their lives in comfort, without someone taking and spreading pictures #justiceforelliot
â€” Brooke Stephens (@obeyxxbrooke) March 25, 2016
I am disgusted by the lack of compassion for people who just want to lead normal lives #JusticeForElliot
â€” âœ±â€¢Ì©Ì©Í™ï½¡ï¾Ÿjay ï½¡ï¾Ÿâ€¢Ì©Ì©Í™ï½¡âœ± (@jaylajpg) March 25, 2016
Image: Screenshot viaÂ Fox Channel 4
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‘DEFCON 1 Moment’: Former Obama Advisor Slams Republicans Who ‘Hate Democracy’ and Warns It’s ‘Hanging by a Thread’
“This is an existential threat”
David Plouffe, former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager and White House senior advisor, slammed Republican lawmakers who “hate democracy,” which he warned is “hanging by a thread.” He also urged the Dept. of Justice to be “all over” the recount on Arizona, but warned the white supremacists, QAnon and MAGA cultists have already decided that Trump won the state, despite the actual facts that Joe Biden won, a fact that Republicans in positions of power agree with.
“This is a DEF CON 1 moment for democracy,” Plouffe told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “We’re not threatened by other nations or enemies, it’s a threat from within. Democracy is hanging by the thinnest thread in our country’s history. And what’s happening in Phoenix, Arizona, should be happening across the board of Roswell, New Mexico,” he added, apparently mocking Area 51 conspiracy theorists.
“It’s just crazy town. ”
“By the way there’s no question that the end of this ridiculous theatricality of the collection of white nationalists and QAnon supporters and Trump cult members are going to say, ‘you know, Trump should have won Arizona.’ We already know the outcome. But this is deadly serious. The Department of Justice needs to be all over this not just in Arizona, but all these efforts around the country.”
Plouffe called it “puzzling” because “you’ve got all these Republican elected officials who are in office because they chose to participate in the theater of democracy, and I’m not sure we’ve ever seen people in America hate democracy this much, because basically what they want to do is enshrine themselves in power and they’re doing it because they’re fearful of this ridiculous, shameful, historically incompetent cult leader down in Mar-a-Lago, who they all traipse down there and pledge allegiance to,” he said of Donald Trump.
“And none of them got into politics because they thought they were going to be weak-kneed and bending the ring to a cult leader but that’s where they’ve found themselves. Issues are secondary, their own careers in many respects are secondary.”
“Everybody who’s concerned about this country, not about who wins the next election or the one after that, but the entire enterprise is at risk here. This is an existential threat. And so it’s great to see DOJ, getting involved, to see a lot of groups like Mark Elias’ are starting to file lawsuits, but what ultimately needs to happen here and this won’t solve all of it is Congress must act.”
“They must pass voting rights legislation, and if they don’t because a few Democratic senators decide that protecting the filibuster, which of course has its roots in slavery and racism, you’re going to basically protect that, so that our democracy and our country can be handed over in permanence, to a party that increasingly is comfortable with white nationalism,” Plouffe said, it would be “tragic.”
“This is a DEFCON 1 moment for democracy. We’re not threatened by other nations or enemies, it’s a threat from within. Democracy is hanging by the thinnest thread in our country’s history… The Department of Justice needs to be all over this” – @davidplouffe w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/yZWrBzvvcP
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 6, 2021
Shadowy Right Wing Group One Step Closer to Overturning Arizona City’s New LGBTQ Civil Rights Protections
A group hiding behind a two-page website that lists no actual persons or physical address has submitted enough signatures to get a repeal of Mesa, Arizona’s new LGBTQ civil rights protections law onto the ballot for the November 2022 election.
According to news reports no one seems to know who founded United for Mesa, a Political Action Committee created days after the Mesa City Council passed the non-discrimination ordinance. The website lists an email address, phone number, and P.O. Box.
“Give the People a Voice,” the website urges, meaning they believe citizens should vote on civil rights, something studies show overwhelmingly ends with the majority voting to deprive the minority of equal rights. It also claims the “Mesa City Council just passed an ordinance WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF MESA RESIDENTS,” which is false. In a representative democracy, citizens elect leaders to make these very decisions for them.
Calling the group “below-the-radar, with no official leaders or posted public meetings,” the East Valley Tribune reported last month that “Unofficial leaders like Barbara R. Parker rallied like-minded troops via Facebook and other outlets.”
“Thank you to every petition signer and gatherer who helped save Mesa!” Parker posted Thursday night.
“Thank the Lord! I have never seen so many people working so hard to get signatures,” wrote Paula Smith in a comment to Parker’s post. “It’s been amazing! I’m so thankful everyone’s hard work paid off!”
“Thank you everyone for going the extra distance, so we may all have a voice in such an important decision,” added Charmon Puhlmann, a bus driver for Mesa Public Schools.
Political consultant George Khalaf’s firm, The Arizona Republic reports, “is leading the referendum effort against the ordinance,” but it does not mention what, if any, relationship he has with United for Mesa.
Last year the Arizona Capitol Times reported Khalaf was a political consultant to Republican state Representative Nancy Barto, in an article discussing an anti-transgender bill.
An email to United for Mesa did not receive a response by press time.
‘It’s Not National God Day’: Pat Robertson’s Reporter Mocked for Attacking Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation
David Brody, a political analyst for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is getting criticized for attacking President Joe Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Brody, a Trump acolyte, slammed the proclamation because it doesn’t include the word “God.”
President Biden’s proclamation clearly was written to be as inclusive as possible, something he has strived to achieve with nearly everything he does.
“Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance,” Biden a devout Catholic, says in the document. “Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.”
He goes on to talk about the First Amendment protecting “the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray.”
But that wasn’t good enough for Brody, a far right wing Christian, who appeared to believe that the proclamation should honor only Christians.
Joe Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation has been released and it doesn’t even mention God once! How do you release a proclamation about prayer and not mention God at all? Of course it mentions climate change & racial justice. Truly, this is pathetic…and not surprising! pic.twitter.com/czOQx3ioHj
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) May 6, 2021
Former Trump personal attorney Jenna Ellis chimed in, replying to Brody with this slur:
Who is he praying to?? The BLM gods?
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) May 6, 2021
On social media Brody was blasted.
Why, it’s almost as if America is a nation in which there are some people who believe in God and others who don’t, and he wants his language to be inclusive of everyone rather than exclusive to theists.
— Dr. James G. Gilmore (@jamesggilmore) May 6, 2021
Which god of the over 4200 religions?
Joe respects everyone’s religious beliefs, not just yours.
You should give him and everyone else the same amount of respect. pic.twitter.com/hMDYuxCUpB
— John Birchman 😷 ⬅️6️⃣➡️ (@johnbirchman) May 6, 2021
I see that “the divine” is mentioned. Why is that not good enough for you? Do you believe in divinity?
— Middle Molly: Fully vaccinated plus SIX weeks! (@MiddleMolly) May 6, 2021
Because not everyone in this country is from the same religion, genius.
— hondo64ou (@hondo64ou1) May 6, 2021
It’s “National Day of Prayer” not “National God Day”. Not everyone prays the same way.
— ArabSnowflake (@AnisahMichael) May 6, 2021
A national Day of Prayer is not about promoting a specific expression of faith but about prayer as an activity in which each individual connects with their transcendent dimension in order to align themselves with their highest values and wisdom and receive the grace of acceptance
— Constance (@jconstance61) May 6, 2021
The clue should be “many religions”. It’s a message meant to be all encompassing, not to exalt one religion alone. Biden speaks to all Americans, not just those who worship your preferred deity.
— The Dragon of East Rock is half vaxxed (@eastrockpark) May 6, 2021
It’s about the National Day of Prayer not “National Day of God” so it’s pretty easy to figure out why it repeatedly references prayer & doesn’t need to mention God.
Easy, unless of course you’re steeped in faux outrage in an effort to rile people up. Not very Christian of you.
— Brent (@brenticles42) May 6, 2021
No, it actually does not, and THAT is the point. He’s president for everyone, not just Christians.
— Mark Sniadecki (@MarkSniadecki) May 6, 2021
Which god should Joe Biden have mentioned?
— Dr Robin 😷 (@Robinindfw) May 6, 2021
Because not all of us pray to a god?
— Josh Jakob Architect (@JJakobDesign) May 6, 2021
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