Some Bills Give Extra Rights to Cisgender People, Allowing Them to Sue if They Encounter a Trans Person in the ‘Wrong’ Restroom
North Carolinaâ€™s HB2 â€œbathroom billâ€ was an expensive embarrassment, so itâ€™s a mystery why lawmakers around the country have decided to introduce similar legislation in their own states.
Twelve bills have been filed across nine states targeting transgender people using public restrooms. These bills make up the majority of 20 anti-trans laws already being considered around the country this year.
So-called â€œbathroom billsâ€ target transgender people by forcing them to use the restroom associated with either the gender on their birth certificate or their assigned sex at birth. These laws have proven to be unenforceable on a broad scale, as they would require supervision of public restrooms at all times.
A bill inÂ AlabamaÂ does not define gender but does segregate public restrooms.
Kentuckyâ€™s HB 106 was introduced by Democratic representative Rick Nelson and and segregates public restrooms based on â€œbiological sex,â€ a vague term usually used to describe chromosomal sex and does not account for the existence of intersex people.
Another Kentucky bill, HB 141, allows cisgender students to sue their school if they encounter a transgender student in the restroom.
Minnesota is considering a house file that would require students to use the restroom associated with their birth sex, which excludes both intersex people and transgender students who have legally changed their birth certificates.
Missouriâ€™s bills would not only segregate public restrooms, specifically school restrooms but also ban businesses and localities from adopting policies that conflict with the state law. This was one of the most controversial and wildly unconstitutional aspects of HB2 in North Carolina.
New Jerseyâ€™s approach is to require the state Attorney General to defend schools that violate the rights of students unless the students can prove medically that they are transgender. The law doesnâ€™t go into specifics but this suggests that trans students whose parents do not accept them would be equally unaccepted at school.
Texasâ€™s proposed bill would both prevent local protections for transgender people and segregate school restrooms and locker rooms.
Washingtonâ€™s bill would create a loophole allowing businesses and public buildings to discriminate against transgender people trying to use public restrooms.
And a failed proposal in VirginiaÂ would have forced people to use the restroom associated with their assigned sex at birth. It also would have allowed people to sue if they encountered a transgender person in the restroom.
Specifically, most of the bills filed apply to schools, which means that transgender children are as likely to be at risk as transgender adults. The failed Virginia bill would have gone far enough to require that school administrators notify parents if a child asked to go by a different name or pronouns during the school day.
North Carolinaâ€™s HB2 has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a September calculation from Wired. Since then, a special session costing the state thousands more in taxpayer money took place with the intended purpose of repealing the law. The repeal failed.
The Obama administration issued guidance in the form of a letter to public schools to encourage them to respect the rights of transgender students, but it unenforceable and was later challenged in court. Had it carried weight, the Trump administration would have had the right to overturn it.
Hat tip: News & Observer
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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’
Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.
Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation, “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”
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Giuliani Demands Investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but Can’t Even Spell Her Name
Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who had spent the day testifying before Congress.
Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:
“No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem,” Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch’s name.
“I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another ‘Protected Person’ like Biden & Hillary,” Giuliani tweeted.
Despite being implicated in the scandal, Giuliani has continued to speak out in attempts to defend the work he did with Trump to solicit foreign election assistance.
No wonder both @realDonaldTrump and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch was a real problem. I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another “Protected Person” like Biden & Hillary. https://t.co/qpQDJbc29I
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 14, 2019
‘Complete Gibberish’ and ‘Garbled Nonsense’: Experts Weigh in on Trump Announcement of Sanctions ‘Soon’ Against Turkey
“He’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.”
Experts are weighing in after President Donald Trump finally admitted action must be taken against Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, a move wholly enabled when President Trump pulled out U.S. forces from the region last week. There has been bipartisan and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s actions, which immediately led to the death of at least dozens of now-former U.S. allies.
In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump threatened sanctions and the raising of tariffs on Turkey, “soon.”
“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump’s statement reads. “Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
Experts are weighing in, with some calling Trump’s threats too little, too late – especially given that Trump wholly and single-handedly created the disaster now confronting the world.
One, a researcher at the democracy and freedom watchdog Freedom House, called the president’s remarks “complete gibberish.”
Complete gibberish https://t.co/yYMJpNEIc9
— Nate Schenkkan (@nateschenkkan) October 14, 2019
Another, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine called Trump’s statement “garbled nonsense.”
This is … garbled nonsense.
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
He also endorsed this observation:
The Twitter Starfish is right. https://t.co/hsf3PCpkI0
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
Bloomberg News reporter notes there are not actually any sanctions yet, just a second round of threats:
It appears we have a second EO threatening sanctions on Turkey, with no actual sanctions yet
Unclear what new authorities this gives to Treasury, State that they don’t already have
Steel tariffs on Turkey go back up to 50% https://t.co/m5hGPfcpxc
— Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) October 14, 2019
Former Strategic Planner and Public Affairs official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:
At this point putting sanctions on Turkey is tantamount to triaging a self-inflicted decapitation with Scotch Tape
— Blickstein's Monster (@AdamBlickstein) October 14, 2019
Crooked Media’s head writer:
it’s like punching a wall, then putting a poster over the hole, then putting out a press release that says “glad I fixed that hole in the wall!” https://t.co/qEe244ryun
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) October 14, 2019
Trump is going to sanction himself? https://t.co/ZsgkvsehTB
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) October 14, 2019
A Russian journalist just sent this tweet, with the following message: “Oh, look, Trump says he’s going to sanction Turkey for what he basically gave them permission to do last week. At this point, he’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.” https://t.co/vL7suFfKTt
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) October 14, 2019
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