Helena, Montana anti-trans discrimination ordinance passes, but . . .

helenaigougocom300THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — It appears the Helena City Commission unanimously passed their transgender/LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. While the news reports I looked at didn’t specifically mention if this included gender identity, I checked NTCE’s Mara Keisling’s Facebook page for confirmation:

“VICTORY in Helena, Montana. By a vote of 5-0, Helena becomes the 2nd city in MT to offer anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

I wrote about Helena’s proposed ordinace vote earlier this month: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/helena-montana-pushing-for-pro-translgbt-ordinance-but-includes-odd-trans-nude-restrictions/

However, the “transgender nude restriction” apparently remains in place. This restriction supposedly addressed a concern about voyeurs and pedophiles. City commissioner Katherine Haque-Hausrath, again tried to fix this to the benefit of trans people, but her amendments failed.


I’m not so sure like being equated with “voyeurs and pedophiles” and I suppose it would take a lawsuit to clear this up. On the other hand, we’re talking Montana, an unlikely place for trans/LGBT protection ordinances. We’ll call it a “victory, but.” I also have a feeling there are going to be more of these “victory, but” ordinances which is why nipping this form of associating transgender with pedophiles need to done pronto!

Recent news report: Nondiscrimination ordinance passes.



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7 replies

  1. This is a small step in the right direction for trans rights. Some of this “Passes, but ..” resistance appears to be what was conflated during the Olympia college changing room debacle. Further reading there brought out the fact that the woman in question just happened to be changing while a girls High School team was using the same locker room; no one was dancing about with their “privates” showing. The team captain posted as much, a while after the “incident”.
    However, I am confused with this preoccupation of some people, that a trans woman is really a “guy in a dress”, whose only thought is to sneak into a restroom to watch someone pee. My first thought is “I wonder what’s going on inside their devious little brains?”
    Thanks for the update, Lexie!

  2. Don’t bad mouth Montana too much. Places like Missoula and Bozeman are extremely friendly! We’re simple, here, but mostly not bigoted.

  3. Montana is a nice place I’m sure, but perhaps a bit behind the times. This is why I was surprised.

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