Well, that did not take long. The White House is doubling down on its support of Houston’s Proposition One (aka the Bathroom Bill) despite the people of Houston voting overwhelmingly against it.
The White House stated that:
…the defeat this week of an ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston isn’t going to set back the broader trend toward greater equality and justice in this country.
The White House has been a strong supporter of Houston’s Proposition One which has been criticized for being purposefully vague and overly broad. According to ABC News:
…supporters said it would have offered increased protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories. Opponents alleged it would have allowed male sexual predators to go into women’s restrooms.
At issue were the new “gender identity protections.” The language would have allowed men access to women’s bathrooms, changing rooms, hospital bed assignments, communal showers, children’s sleepover camps, women’s shelters, and all-women’s colleges.
In contrast to the White House’s high gloss, there’s an LGB petition calling to LGBT organizations and publications to Drop The T. It notes a disturbing tendency, that:
…a simple disagreement over an issue can result in responses that range from insults (“transphobic bigot”) to threats of physical harm (often, in the case of women, rape) and even death; the harassment by the transgender community of prominent individuals…
The petition says:
The infringement of the rights of individuals, particularly women, to perform normal everyday activities in traditional safe spaces based on sex; this is most pernicious in the case of men claiming to be transgender demanding access to bathrooms, locker rooms, women’s shelters and other such spaces reserved for women.
We can amplify our voices by contacting the White House and telling them that the voters of Houston have spoken and the White House should respect their vote.
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