Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Anti-transgender legislation falls short for a third time in South Carolina

Wonderful news out of South Carolina and I simply have to brag about it.  From South Carolina United for Equality and Justice:

 . . . the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee voted down H.4153, a bill that would prohibit transgender youth in middle and high school from participating in student athletics. Today’s vote marks the third time nearly identical measures have been rejected in the 2021 legislative session – first on March 16 when the House Judiciary Committee tabled H.3477 and then again when lawmakers’ attempt to include an anti-transgender proviso in the South Carolina budget was defeated. This vote marks another major step forward in the ongoing fight against anti-LGBTQ policies in South Carolina.

 SC United for Justice & Equality released this statement about this step forward.

 “We are relieved and grateful that, once again, lawmakers have rejected their colleagues’ blatant attempts to discriminate against transgender student athletes. Today’s vote sends the message that H.4153 - just like its predecessor, H.3477 - and any other bill that discriminates against transgender people has no place in South Carolina.” 

The bill was defeated by an 11-13 vote and based upon various tweets, legislators opposing the bill did NOT come to play games:



However, as SC United for Justice & Equality pointed out, a few other anti-trans bills remain to be decided on by the legislature:

 As South Carolina’s 2021 legislative session comes to a close, several other anti-transgender bills remain pending. Last month, a companion bill to H.4153 and H.3477 was introduced in the Senate, where it remains in committee.

 In March, lawmakers introduced H.4047, which would prohibit transgender people under the age of 18 from receiving essential medical care and create a school climate where they are unable to be themselves. The bill would make it a felony for medical professionals to provide transition-related care to transgender minors. Conviction could result in up to a 20-year prison sentence for the medical provider. These bills could be reconsidered in 2022. 

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Yeah, this is the right look for Tucker Carlson.

Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club Sends Particularly Pointed Note To Tucker Carlson - A short but appropriate note to that jerk. 

The rightwing backlash is inevitable. It’s how we handle it that matters. - Thank you. We knew it was coming. You do not cower like a chickenshit in the face of it.

Judge tosses suit that sought to block transgender athletes - Just in case you didn't hear this bit of good news.