Sunday, January 31, 2016

State Legislators Propose Anti-Trans Laws

ACLU (Jan. 21, 2016): Legislators Across the Country Set Their Sights on Transgender People, by Chase Strangio:

After last year became the most violent in history toward the transgender community, 2016 is off to an inauspicious start with anti-trans rhetoric heating up in the states. Bills are being introduced in state legislatures, from Washington state to Virginia (and everywhere in-between), aimed at dehumanizing and discriminating against LGBT people. In many, transgender people bear the brunt of the most extreme proposals.

The radical bills include:

  • 9 anti-LGBT proposals in Virginia, including a $50 civil penalty for those using the "wrong" bathroom. 
  • A bill in South Dakota intended to force transgender students into separate restrooms and locker room facilities. 
  • Indiana's legislature considers a fine of up to $1,000 and a sentence of up to one year in jail for transgender people using facilities that correspond to their gender. 

The ACLU has launched a petition the protect transgender students' rights.   Information is available here

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