Take Action! Push The ENDA Executive Order Letter!

It’s time to take action!  As reported on Bilerico, President Obama is being urged by LGBT advocates and allies to sign an Executive Order to prohibit job discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  They are pushing the issue because despite the White House stating they are not currently supporting an ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Policy, then Senator Barak Obama made it one of his election promises to the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.

Bilerico has posted the full content of the Executive order, as well as information on how to contact your U.S. Representative (and those who are LGBT supportive), to make your voice heard.  Standd up for the ENDA and contact them today!

You can view the full content of the Bilerico article here.

Tennessee Withdraws Bathroom Bill from Senate

As we previously reported, the Tennessee General Assembly was pushing a bathroom bill through the Senate that states that bathrooms would only be accessible to people based on the gender on their birth certificates, essentially barring transgender people access to their appropriately gendered facilities.  The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the bill has been withdrawn.

“I understand Rep. Floyd’s passion about the issue, but we have more pressing issues before us that we need to focus our attention on and we don’t need to get sidetracked,” Watson said.

Floyd introduced the bill after reading a news article about a Texas woman who said she was fired from Macy’s after stopping “a male teen dressed as a woman” from using a dressing room.

“It could happen here,” Floyd said. “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.

“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” he said. “We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let them him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”

There would be a fifty dollar fine for the offender, as a misdemeanor.

This would have further complicated matters, since the state does not allow the changing of gender on birth certificates on residents born in Tennessee, even after having surgical gender reassignment.

The full article can be viewed on the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Transgender Student Suspended Over Bathroom Use

It always seems to come back to the right to pee without issue.  The Advocate reports about a 16 year old high school student recently suspended for three days for using the bathroom appropriate for her gender identity:

Two transgender high school students in Fort Collins, Colo., say they have been forbidden to use student restrooms, and one of them, 16-year-old Dionne Malikowski, just got suspended for doing so. Malikowski, a trans girl, and her friend Kurt Peters, also 16 and a trans guy, say they have been told to use the staff bathrooms at Fort Collins High School. But, Malikowski told reporters, “There’s not staff bathrooms all over the school, so when you really got to pee, you got to pee.

That’s what she says happened about a month ago when she used the women’s restroom, reports W9 News in Colorado. And then she was suspended for three days.

W9 News in Colorado also reports:

“I feel like the school doesn’t really understand what it’s like to be in our situation,” Malikowski said.

“It kind of makes us feel like we’re not welcome,”

The Poudre School District says there is not an across-the-board policy for bathroom use by transgender students.

The Colorado Association of School Boards says there really is no case law on this in Colorado and the association hasn’t provided any guidance to school districts.

They say this issue is an emerging legal one and schools are still working their way through it.

While Safe2Pee.org stated that there are six “transgender safe” bathrooms in the Fort Collins area, none are accessible to students who are on campus.

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