Thursday, February 16, 2023

Virginia Democrats defeat all 12 anti-trans bills proposed by state Republicans

We have some good news  out of Virginia about the anti-trans bills state Republicans have been attempting to make into law. 

From The Advocate:

Thursday, Virginia Senate Democrats mustered a bipartisan effort to kill an anti-trans bill put forth and passed by the Republican-controlled state House. Legislators voted down a bill that banned transgender athletes of all ages from participating in sports teams aligned with their gender identity from kindergarten through college, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. 

 During a Thursday morning committee meeting, the legislation was defeated 10-5, with Republican Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant of Henrico County voting with the Democratic majority. 

 When the bill passed the lower chamber of Virginia's legislature last week, the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement critical of the bill's advancement. "In a coordinated push led by national anti-LGBTQ+ groups, which deployed vintage discriminatory tropes, politicians in state houses across the country introduced a record 315 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ bills in 2022," HRC wrote. 

"The majority of the discriminatory bills targeted the transgender and non-binary community, with the majority targeting children receiving the brunt of discriminatory legislation. Anti-transgender legislation took several forms, including bills aimed to prevent transgender youth from playing school sports consistent with their gender identity and bills to prevent transgender and non-binary youth from receiving life-saving, medically-necessary gender-affirming healthcare."

 Equality Virginia cheered the news that transgender rights were being upheld in the state. "

After this morning's Senate Ed & Health Committee, we can officially say that all 12 anti-trans bills are DEAD!" Equality Virginia tweeted. They noted that in Virginia, Republicans put forth three gender-affirming care bills, four bills that would out students to parents involuntarily, and five transgender sports ban bills — all of them failed. 

.Just a reminder that those pervert who power won't yield without a fight. The struggle for equality and the right to self-determination isn't supposed to be easy. The first step in winning is not allowing yourself to be run over.

Always fight. If not for yourself, then for the younger ones and those who have less capacity to fight.

'Drag bans could result in arrests at Pride parades' & other Thur midday news briefs

Drag bans could result in arrests at Pride parades - If these folks pushing these bans knew what I knew, they would cease and desist. The attention it would get if they arrested people at Pride for wearing drag - and not just the drag queens - would be massive. And we won't mind the attention.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priority bills signal another swing at pushing Texas to the right - Guess which community he has in his sights. Simply a sign about the dangers of giving a politician too much power and allowing him to stay in office. Patrick thinks he is a king.