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Transgender Rights Are Not Up For Public Debate

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 02/23/17 15:54, Edited: 02/23/17 17:01

by Dave Mindeman

This idea of local control in regards to the transgender issue is not sound policy in any way, shape or form. It is laughable.

When Trump or any GOPer says that the issue of transgender bathrooms, or any other issue involving transgenders, is up to the local jurisdiction, what they are really saying is that transgender discrimination is entirely determined by the number of biased individuals in any given place. And can be changed from one place to another.

What if black civil rights (voting rights) had remained "locally controlled"? What we had was states or Congressional districts denying the rights of black citizens because they had the majority of white people wanting it that way. It sounds incredulous when you think about it, but that is what we had.

And we are going that same route with transgender ideas. A person may face completely different rules when moving from one place to another. The fact that this could happen should be, by definition, a civil rights violation.

I do not understand why this is not obvious. We talk of local control in education, but when it is local property taxes that pay for that education, the argument has more validity. But the simple idea of going to the bathroom for any individual person should not, and cannot, be up for public debate.

Reversing the Obama guidelines is a targeted act. It is meant to hurt an individual group of Americans. It is pursuing a policy that violates basic human decency and privacy.

If that is where we are headed in our future, then we have gone down the wrong road altogether.
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