Texas H.R. 2796 (USA)

On June 7 Texas Rep. Pete Olson (R) introduced the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2796), a bill that seeks to “ensure that gender identity is not treated as a protected class in Federal Law or Policy without the approval of Congress.”

According to Olson, whose bill challenges redefinition of “sex” to include “gender identity” as proposed by the Obama administration with regard to the Civil Rights Act, “The Founding Fathers never intended unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies to make sweeping changes to the definition of gender,” Olson said in a statement. “While we have a new president in office, we must restore the voice of the people given to them by our Constitution and put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”

Read the full bill text here:  Texas H.R. 2796, Civil Rights Uniformity Act

Pete Olson bill aims at Obama protections on ‘gender identity’ — Chron

House Members Act to Restore Congressional Authority on Transgender Definition — olson.house.gov

Body Blitz Spa @bodyblitzspa (Canada)

Body Blitz Spa, a high-end, female-only spa in Toronto, Ontario, has recently upset a man who identifies as a woman because they “won’t allow ‘male genitalia’” at the spa.

According to Body Blitz Spa, “We support the LGBTQ community and recognize that this is a sensitive issue. However, because Body Blitz Spa is a single-sex facility with full-nudity, we are not like other facilities. We recognize that this is an important discussion for single-sex facilities to have and we will seek to find a satisfactory resolution.”

The spa also notes “Because we are a bathing suit optional environment, our current policy is to ensure all clients are comfortable in an environment with nudity, including minors.”

We support women and girls’ right to maintain female-only, single-sex spaces free from the presence and influence of men.

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Randy Robert Stair (USA)

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Randy Robert Stair, a 24-year old resident of Dallas, PA, shot and killed three of his co-workers before killing himself at the grocery store near Scranton, PA, where they all worked together.

Stair, also known online as Andrew Blaze, left behind “an enormous online cache of videos, documents and social media posts” detailing his plans, including discussing his two shotguns, which he named “Mackenzie and Rachel after characters in YouTube videos he created, and lays out in exacting detail how he will use pallets to block the supermarket doors to prevent his victims from escaping. He also names the co-workers he plans to kill, explaining where he hopes to find each of them in the store.”

He also makes several references to “conflict over his gender identity,” stating in his videos that he’s “a girl who’s been trapped in a man’s body for two and a half decades, and I need to get the hell out.”  He also claims he would “dress as a woman” when his parents were out and “secretly wanted a sex change operation.”

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Wyoming County Mass Shooter Leaves Massive Online Trail — The Times Tribune

Supermarket massacre shooter left chilling online trail — ABC News

Andrew Blaze (@egsandrew) — Twitter

Derrick Horton / Ralayzia Taylor (USA)

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In 2016 Derrick Horton, a man who identifies as a woman named Ralayzia Taylor, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in a public park in Charlotte, NC.  Shortly after, the teen and two friends allegedly struck Taylor with a hatchet several times, leaving deep wounds on his back.

“Taylor, also known as Derrick Horton, is charged with two felonies: statutory sex offense with a child 15 or younger and felony indecent liberties with a child. Both are felonies. The former is classified as a much more serious B1 crime, which under North Carolina law carries a maximum sentence in Taylor’s case of more than 30 years in prison.”

All three teens were charged with attempted murder.  “Dajion Tanner and Destiny Dagraca, both 18, were also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and felony conspiracy” while the details of the case against the 15-year-old (the victim of sexual assault who allegedly hit Taylor with the hatchet) remain unknown because he was a juvenile at the time of his arrest.

Unsurprisingly, LGBT advocates in Charlotte allege Taylor “has been singled out because she is transgender” and have raised almost $10k on YouCaring in support of Taylor, who sexually assaulted a child.  Shameful.

Transgender woman faces far tougher sentence than teens who attacked her with hatchet — Charlotte Observer

Yvette Cormier v. @PlanetFitness (USA)

Yvette Cormier is a Michigan woman who objected to the presence of a man in the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness gym.  When she complained to the front desk, she was told “that PF didn’t restrict facility-access based on gender-identity.”  When she later refused to stop speaking with other members of the gym about her objections to this policy, Planet Fitness canceled her membership and banned her from the gym.

Cormier filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness, “claiming invasion of privacy, sexual harassment under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (CRA), retaliation, gender-based discrimination, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.”

On June 1 the State of Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the lower court’s ruling against Cormier, “asserting that [Cormier] failed to plead any valid claim.”

From the opinion:

“Before a plaintiff can establish actionable sexual harassment under a hostile work environment theory or a quid pro quo theory, she must first “allege facts showing that she was subjected to ‘unwelcome sexual advances,’ ‘requests for sexual favors,’ or ‘conduct or communication of a sexual nature’.” Corley v Detroit Board of Ed, 470 Mich 274, 279; 681 NW2d 342 (2004). According to plaintiff, because of defendants’ policy, the transgender man had the opportunity to undress in front of her and to see her undress which, she maintains, is conduct or communication of a sexual nature. See MCL 37.2301. However, the CRA does not define sexual harassment as being subjected to an opportunity for a person to engage in verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Rather the CRA requires that the sexual conduct or communication substantially interfered with the plaintiff’s utilization of public accommodations. MCL 37.2103(i)(i)-(iii). It follows that plaintiff must have actually experienced the conduct or communication she complains of.”

According to Cormier’s attorney, David Kallman, “There is no question we’re going to appeal.”

Cormier v. Planet Fitness — June 1, 2017

Court Rules Against Plaintiff Who Complained About Trans Woman in Planet Fitness Locker Room — lawnewz.com

Patrick “Tara” Pearsall (Canada)

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Patrick Pearsall, a convicted male sex offender who identifies as a woman named Tara (which is his ex-wife’s first name), was recently convicted of sexually assaulting two pregnant women under the guise of a vaginal exam.  Both women were homeless at the time of their respective assaults and believed Pearsall had medical training.  He was convicted after only four hours of deliberations.  He is also facing a separate allegation that “he repeatedly raped a 19-year-old girl – who has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old – in the summer of 2015” and has other prior convictions for violent crimes against other vulnerable women.

Pearsall has also been approved for “sex-changing surgery,” and may be enabled to delay the psychiatric assessment sought by Crown attorney Jonathan Smith, in order to undergo said surgery.  The psychiatric assessment is the first step in determining “whether Pearsall should be declared a dangerous offender and possibly locked up indefinitely.”

The safety and protection of women and girls from violent sexual predators like Patrick Pearsall should not come second to his “gender identity” or any “sex-changing surgery.”

Transgender sex predator faces dangerous offender label — Toronto Sun

Patrick “Tara” Pearsall — transgender.news

 

 

2015 U.S. Trans Survey (USA)

In 2015 the National Center for Transgender Equality conducted the second National Transgender Discrimination Survey, five years after the original survey.  According to the website, “(w)ith almost 28,000 respondents, the USTS is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.”

View the executive summary and full report here: www.ustranssurvey.org

U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms: landmark survey — Reuters