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The RNC Endorses Bills That Criminalize Transgender Bathroom Use

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has formally approved a resolution endorsing legislation that effectively criminalizes transgender bathroom use.

Moreover, the RNC has called on the federal government to back away from the position that Title IX applies to gender identity, and that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

The resolution characterizes “bathroom bills” as legislation to “protect student privacy”: “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 states.

The resolution rejects the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit discrimination against transgender students “governmental overreach.”

The Republican party clearly has a different interpretation of “privacy” than you or I do. Ditto for “governmental overreach.” They want a government so big it can monitor the bathroom use of every student in every school.

Legislation that would require school systems to scrutinize gender identity and closely monitor bathroom use could hardly be described as a “privacy” law. Legislation pending in multiple states would penalize schools that do not go out of their way to ensure that every child uses a restroom that corresponds with their genitalia.

Some lawmakers have even called for penalizing students themselves for using the “wrong” restroom but, thankfully, none of them have successfully passed such a policy.

You know my opinion of those who push for these kinds of laws. They’re all deathly afraid they or one of their children might be attracted to a transgender person some day. This is a legislative assault designed to ostracize and “other” transgender children and prevent them from leading normal lives as the person they identify as.

  • muselet

    Once again, anyone proposing or supporting these bills should have to answer a simple question: what public bathroom should Buck Angel use?

    And you just know in your heart of hearts that the Rs will find yet another sexual minority to beat up on if the public decides to stand up for transsexuals the way the public has—by and large—decided to stop demonizing gays.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    So the transgendered community begins to demand that they be treated with dignity and respect and the Republican party (even at the national level) reacts as if it is responding to an epidemic. This despite the very well documented fact transgendered people are far more likely to be the victims of violent hate based crimes then they are the perpetrators.

    (R) = Republican Rabid

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Transgenderism is something that is utterly unfathomable and incomprehensible to the conservative mind. Forget about homosexuality; trans is not even in the same universe from their perspective. There is absolutely no way to explain, illustrate, or in any other way get a conservative to understand, let alone empathize with, gender identity, gender confusion, &c. If homosexuality for them is a “known unknown,” transgenderism is an “unknown unknown.” They just can’t.

  • ninjaf

    Still, with the Orwellian naming conventions!