Defining by example: Political Powerlessness

Researchers at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law published a new study in the December issue of the SAGE Journal Research and Politics. The study, Transgender inclusion in state non-discrimination policies: The democratic deficit and political powerlessness, was written by Andrew R. Flores, Jody Herman, and Christy Mallory.

Transgender people—people whose gender identity or expression is different from their assigned sex at birth—and their allies advocate for the inclusion of gender identity or transgender in state non-discrimination policies. These policies generally proscribe discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Courts and administrative agencies have determined discrimination against transgender people is a violation of existing statutes, but there remain efforts by advocates to seek policies that explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of transgender status, which are often the result of legislation going through the political process. A pluralist understanding of the political process theorizes that a majority coalition of minorities can offer social groups policies they support. This rests on the presumption that a majority coalition of minorities should rule. Any indication to the contrary may suggest a democratic deficit, whereby more than a majority is necessary for policy introduction. We find that there is a substantial democratic deficit regarding the inclusion of gender identity or transgender in employment non-discrimination policies. On average, state support for the policy must be 81% in order for the state to have a policy reflecting such sentiment. This leaves substantial implications for the political powerlessness of transgender people in the political process.

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The Breakfast Club (Short Farewell Blues)

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Mummers Parade group pushes transphobia, attacks Jenner

 photo Cereal_zps7rl7wvrn.jpgIncoming Mayor Jim Kenney has denounced the Mummers group Finnegan's Wake for its attack on the transgender community...and specifically Kaitlyn Jenner.

Kenney called the signs carried "bad" and "hurtful" and said that the Philadelphia transgender community did not deserve "that form of satire."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Healthcare is a human right

 photo Jamison_zpsk8tz1yoy.jpgThat's why it's reserved for cisgender people.

Jamison Green is president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly the Harry Benjamin Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA). He has a new book out now, Making the Case for Transgender Health and Rights.

Jamison spoke Monday at the Capitol Hill Library to a capacity crowd.

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Hate rears an ugly head

Last May, two months after Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion saying they could, the Fairfax County School Board voted to approve protecting transgender students and staff.

The decision by the Fairfax County School Board to add ‘gender identity’ to our nondiscrimination policy is to provide an environment which promotes equality where every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect.

That's double-plus ungood according to conservative hate forces. So Andrea Lafferty, leader of the Traditional Values Coalition goaded a high school student into joining her in a lawsuit against the school board, arguing "that the county school board overstepped its bounds when it changed the policy to bar discrimination of students and staff based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The suit asks for an injunction to stop the board from implementing the policy."

We have warned for months that such changes were not only jeopardizing our children but in direct contravention of long-standing Virginia statute.

--Lafferty

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Gender in the courts

Last week in a federal court in California, US District Judge Dean Pregerson allowed a case against Pepperdine University to proceed "on the basis it may have violated the prohibition against gender bias under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by engaging in anti-gay discrimination against members of the women’s basketball team. Haley Videckis and Layan White sued the University, charging employees of the school with harassment by conducting a lesbian witch hunt.

At one point Coach Ryan Weisenberg held a team leadership meeting at which time he said that

lesbianism was a big concern for him and for women’s basketball, that it was a reason why teams lose, and that it would not be tolerated on the team

Adi Conlogue, an athletic academic coordinator of the team, allegedly in 2014 would hold meetings with each of the players to determine their sexual orientation as opposed to focusing on their academics, asking questions about their relationships and whether they slept with their beds together.

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The Breakfast Club (Rage against the machine)

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Republican Grinch seeks to criminalize all transgender and intersex people in Indiana

We've walked through a doorway we'll never go back through. And we're going to have to address some concerns that are now facing us. If you were born a man, then you are obliged to use the males' restroom.

--Republican state Senator Jim Tomes

Tomes, of course, does not understand the extent of what his bill demands.

Tomes' bill would send someone to jail for up to a year and fine them as much as $5,000 if they were convicted of entering a bathroom that does not match up with their birth gender. Exceptions are made for janitors, first aid providers and parents accompanying children under the age of 8. The measure would also require public schools, including charters, to ensure students do the same, though students would not face criminal penalties.

Please note that this is not segregation by genitalia, as some have pushed...for the safety of the women and children, you understand. This demand of segregation is by chromosomal arrangement. Transgender people who have undergone gender reassignment will be prohibited from using the restrooms of their reassigned gender.

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Christie links transgender kids with terrorism

NJ. Governor: Transgender? Terrorism!!

A California woman asked Gov. Christie about California's 2013 law which allows transgender and gender non-conforming students to use the restroom which most closely aligns with their gender identity.

Christie responded by trotting out his transphobia: He said that life was simpler in New Jersey...

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