LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The Republican National Committee earlier this year quietly approved a resolution backing the many anti-transgender “bathroom bills” being proposed by state legislatures across the country. This resolution in effect, gives the Republicans legislators the official go ahead to turn these proposals into law with the GOP’s blessing.
The Human Rights Commission notes there are 44 anti-trans proposals in various forms being considered this year. One has already reached a governor’s desk for approval — South Dakota. If the governor doesn’t veto it, it automatically becomes law. The deadline for a veto is Tuesday. The leaders of the trans community are on site in SD hoping to encourage Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto the bill. He is a Republican in his second term and unable to run for governor again — well positioned to do the right thing.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus approved the anti-trans policy, citing, among other things, governmental overreach, gender is identified at birth, and a need to protect “student privacy.” They also claim the Department of Education is wrongly interpreting Title IX.
Excerpt from the resolution: “The Republican National Committee encourages state legislatures to enact laws that protect student privacy and limit the use of restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities to members of the sex to whom the facility is designated.”
The resolution surfaced this week by Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller. The Washington Blade and The Advocate quickly followed up on the revelation.
National Center for Transgender Equality’s Mara Keisling: “By targeting children who are already vulnerable to bullying and harassment, the RNC is dragging trans children into their culture war and embroiling states in costly and divisive litigation, all to solve a nonexistent problem.”
Democratic National Committee’s TJ Helmstetter: “The Republican Party wants to keep government so small it can fit in the bathroom stall with you to check your anatomy. Their hypocrisy and bigotry know no bounds. . .”
There you have it folks, GOP-sanctioned transgender hate. We’re not talking about a few nutty legislators anymore, it’s the ENTIRE Republican party.
On a related note, Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner are running PR spots encouraging Gov. Daugaard to veto the bill. I wonder Jenner thinks of the RNC’s actions?
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