Gender Identity Watch Comment on Proposed New York Gender Identity Regulations (USA)

Gender Identity Watch has submitted comment to the New York State Division of Human Rights with regard to the Division’s proposed gender identity regulations. You can read Gender Identity Watch‘s comment here.
An excerpt of the comment letter follows: Continue reading “Gender Identity Watch Comment on Proposed New York Gender Identity Regulations (USA)”

Ohio House Bill 393, Nickie J. Antonio @nickieantonio & Denise Driehaus @DeniseDriehaus (USA)

Representatives Nickie J. Antonio and Denise Driehaus introduced H.B. 389, the Ohio Fairness Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
“Gender identity or expression” means the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth. This bill harms Women and Girls, as discussed in this letter to the United Nations. It is shocking that Women would continue to introduce legislation that harms Women and Girls.

Andrew Cuomo @NYGovCuomo (USA)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved last week to provide greater legal protections to transgender New Yorkers by supporting regulations to implement the state Human Rights Law. In order for regulations to take effect, they first have to be formally published in the official State Register and put to a 45-day comment period.

This set of proposals are expected to be published in either the Nov. 4 or Nov. 10 register, which would open up them up to public comment.

After the comment period closes, the state Division of Human Rights would be able to adopt the rules at any point. From there, potential challengers would have 120 days from the day the rules are adopted to file what’s known as an Article 78 challenge — basically a lawsuit filed to fight a state action or determination.

Here’s how NY’s transgender protections will work

Proposed New York Regulations

Florida House Bill 401 (USA)

Florida House Bill 401 would allow businesses, individuals, health care facilities and providers, adoption agencies, and other institutions to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The bill is an overreaching response to gay organizations filing discrimination complaints against bakeries and florists for refusing to participate in same-sex marriage festivities.

HB 401

Laramie, Wyoming (USA)

CaptureThe Laramie City Council approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance. It voted 7-2 in favor of the measure that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. The law does not cover “distinctly private” places of public accommodation, which intends to preserve women-only space.

Laramie is, of course, where Matthew Shepard was murdered by two men, a defining moment in the modern era of Gay rights.

Laramie, Wyoming Passes Anti-Discrimination Measure To Protect Gays In Housing, The Workplace

The Equality Act & Rep. David Cicilline @RepCicilline (USA)

As we reported earlier, Congressman David N. Cicilline and 165 other elected officials are sponsoring the Equality Act, which is being hailed as a bill for “equality” for GLBT people.

Unfortunately, that “equality” comes at the expense of Women & Girls.  Specifically, the Equality Act will allow Gender Identity to override Sex in employment settings. This is particularly important for Women & Girls, as there are numerous instances in which we may prefer a Female employee. For example, any security guard situation where a pat-down is required; Women & Girls will not have the right to object to a Male who identifies as a Woman doing the pat down if this law passes.

“(2) by striking ‘‘employment.’’ and inserting ‘‘employment, if, in a situation in which sex is a bona fide occupational qualification, individuals are recognized as qualified in accordance with their gender identity.’’

So you, Women & Girls, will not have the right to say “no” if a Male who identifies as a Woman interacts with you, because this person’s employer would get sued if the employer agreed with your “No.” 

Additionally, the Equality Act would override ALL state laws that allow rational discrimination in public accommodations based on sex. In other words, many states (and municipalities) ban discrimination in public accommodations, but make an exception for public accommodations for which there is an expectation of privacy.

‘‘(2) (with respect to gender identity) an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.’’

This means that Women & Girls will have NO BASIS to claim a right to privacy in spaces where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This means Colleen Francis was right, the Planet Fitness guy is a-ok, and Christopher Hambrook had every right to be in shelter (where he later sexually assaulted Women).

The Transgender Movement is the only movement in the history of the civil rights movement that advanced its own rights by trampling on the rights of another oppressed group.

The Equality Act & Rep. David Cicilline @RepCicilline (USA)

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Congressman David N. Cicilline has introduced the Equality Act, which will codify sex stereotypes into law as a protected characteristic called “gender identity.” “Gender identity” is defined as “the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

The Equality Act does NOT define “gender,” and this definition of “gender identity” is only understood in the context of a sexist culture that associates certain traits with “being a woman” or “being a man.” It is shameful that Cicilline is promoting a conservative agenda under the guise of “helping” Women and Girls, as Women and Girls have been the primary victims of “gender identity” laws.

Houston & Annise Parker @AnniseParker (USA)

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Houston City Council violated the law regarding referenda when they rejected a petition to put the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a law banning discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, to a popular vote. The court ordered the city to either repeal the ordinance or put it to a vote, as follows:

“The legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored. Accordingly, without hearing oral argument, TEX.R.APP.P.52.8(c), we conditionally grant the writ of mandamus lest the actions of city officials “thwart[] . . . the will of the public.” See Coalson, 610 S.W.2d at 747. The City Council is directed to comply with its duties, as specified in the City Charter, that arise when the City Secretary certifies that a referendum petition has a sufficient number of valid signatures. Any enforcement of the ordinance shall be suspended, and the City Council shall reconsider the ordinance. If the CityCouncil does not repeal the ordinance byAugust 24, 2015, then by that date the City Council must order that the ordinance be put to popular vote during the November 2015 election. The writ will issue only if the City Council does not comply.”

IN RE JARED WOODFILL ET AL., RELATORS

City of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) suspended _ abc13

Bentonville School District (USA)

Grant LightleFormer Wal-Mart lawyer Grant Lightle (now at Sam’s Club), a member of the Bentonville School Board in Arkansas, is pushing a student and employee policy on the school district, in line with Wal-Mart policy, that bans discrimination based on gender identity, broadly defined. Current status is the proposal is “on hold,” due to proponents finding more opposition than they anticipated.

Bentonville schools policy change draws criticism

Walmart Attorney Proposes Protections for ‘Transgender’ Teachers in Arkansas School District _ Christian News Network