LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Is there a bathroom cop in your future? Although legislative efforts at enacting state bathroom bills in 2015 failed across the board, rumblings for 2016 have already begun.
Out of gate in Minnesota for a second try, state Sen. Warren Limmer: “. . . when you interview him [Caitlyn Jenner], he’s says, ‘Yes. I’m glad I’m now a quote-unquote woman but I still have the yearnings for women!’ And so think of that type of person, a young person who wants to play on a girls team because he thinks he is more likely going to be a woman in the future and he’s now going to share a locker room. . . . On a girls team and if Bruce Jenner still has yearnings for women… so would that young man who thinks he’s a girl in a girls’ locker room…”
“. . . [the] transgender issue is certainly going to be there front and center in the [Minn.] Senate as it is going to be in the House.”
Minnesota state Rep. Abigail Whelan: “. . . You know, you have two kids who are going to school together from kindergarten. Now, maybe they are 10 years old and one’s a boy and one’s a girl and we’ll say one of them says, ‘You know what? I no longer feel like a boy. I want to be a girl. Well, now this little girl who was with this child for you know 5 to 6 years is going to the bathroom with him and unfortunately, you know, that girl goes home and says, ‘Mom, dad, I don’t understand’ You know, ‘so and so was a boy and is now a girl, like am I still a girl or am I a boy now? You as a parent have to deal with that and it just… unfortunately it raises a lot of scary questions.”
“. . . the long term effects for example of a transgender operation, when they do studies on it, the suicide rates for those folks increases 20 times.” (sic)
“. . . you know, we need to be praying about this for sure.”
There you have it folks: flat-out lies, fear mongering, made-up baloney and a bit of Jesus thrown in for good measure. With any luck at all, legislative efforts will fail in 2016 as they did in 2015. However, if the collective intelligence of YOUR state Republicans is dimmer than usual, a pat-down before peeing might be in your future until a judge decides the law needs a closer look.
FYI, studies show trans people have a 42% suicide attempt rate — this is generally BEFORE surgery, not AFTER surgery as claimed by Rep Whelan: https://lexiecannes.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
Round-up of bathroom bills in 2015: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/06/02/all-bathroom-bills-are-now-officially-dead/
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