Moving Forward…or Are We?

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As seen recently, there are now 37 states in America that have legalized gay marriage. That means there are only 13 states that have same-sex marriage bans. A few years ago, no one could have imagined gay marriage finally being legalized more and more. To be able to marry the love of your life, no matter gender or sex, means America is moving forward!

Or does it?

The first reason I challenge the idea of moving forward: Florida passed a bill on March 4, 2015 saying transgender people must use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex rather than how they identify.

This means that if I were in Florida, even though I identify as a man and look the part as well, I would be forced to use the women’s restroom. I’m not sure what others think but that would be super awkward not only for myself, but for all the other people in the restroom. Here is a group of women using the bathroom and in walks a man, um what? No one can tell I am transgender, so walking into the restroom for my biological sex just doesn’t make sense.

Florida Republican, Frank Artiles, proposed the bill and believes he is saving the public from a safety risk. He also doesn’t think using the bathroom is a necessary thing, “People are not forced to go the restroom. They choose to go to the restroom.” I don’t know about anyone else, but my using the bathroom is most definitely not a choice…

The second reason I don’t know if America is actually moving forward: A California attorney recently filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people with a bullet to the head…

Excuse me?

I’m pretty sure the death penalty is not legal in California. And killing gay people with a shot to the head kind of goes under that as well. Are gay people really bothering you that much that you spend the money and the time to come up with this ballot proposal? Do you not have better things to do with your time? Like, I don’t know, maybe representing your clients that have actual problems that need to be taken care of?

Just the thought of this makes me sick to my stomach.

And the final reason, at least for now, that I know America is not moving forward: Michigan passed a bill allowing Emergency Medical Technicians to refuse treatment to any gay patient. How would they know if the patient is gay, you ask? Well, they wouldn’t!

A Michigan Republican, Jase Bolger, said “The individual must show they have a sincerely held religious belief that has been substantially burdened.” So are you telling me that if a person if having a heart attack, EMTs have to stop trying to rescue said person to ask them about their RELIGIOUS BELIEFS??? That is complete and utter bullshit! How does someone who needs emergency help have the time to talk about their religion and sexual orientation? Why can’t they just be helped? Gay people are people too!

So yes, America has moved forward by having a total of 37 states with legal same-sex marriage, but then you have all these Republicans (at least from the three laws I spoke of) showing their asses and letting everyone know that ignorance and stupidity will never cease to exist.

Know of other laws that are absolutely outrageous? I’d love to hear about them and your reactions!

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2 thoughts on “Moving Forward…or Are We?

  1. Before we start, this comment on Reddit helps bring a lot of this into perspective (Sorry, I couldn’t attach hyperlink here):

    http://www.reddit.com/r/AdviceAnimals/comments/2y0tq8/i_work_for_the_tx_senate_and_can_tell_you_100/cp5aie3

    Florida has not in fact passed a bill that determines where transgender people should pee. Instead, it is still bouncing between house subcommittees. While if passed this bill would indeed be an awful decision as it creates more problems than it solves, the issues it addresses do warrant some discussion. In an ideal world we’d just have single stall bathrooms or unisex bathrooms and this would not even be a problem. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. I agree that it is absurd to regulate restroom usage to birth genitals and I am of the opinion that if an individual is passing then they should use the bathroom of their gender rather than their sex. Mid-transition is more of a grey area, but I guess one would opt for the bathroom closest to their appearance. Now, you suggested that using the bathroom of their birth sex is oppressive to transgender individuals as it causes mental anguish, I think that having someone that appears to be male waltzing into the women’s bathroom also holds equal potential to cause mental anguish and discomfort to the bathroom’s occupants. The sponsors of the bill also are probably of the opinion that letting people choose to use whichever restroom they want will open the door to absurd scenarios such as this one: An individual who likes to get his rocks off to women using the facilities may hang around the women’s bathroom and defend his actions by saying that he is a non-HRT pre-op transsexual. Is that situation absurd? Sure. But this is Florida we are talking about, so it is not outside the realm of possibility (my friend Roman Pierce who went to Florida this spring break may very much agree).

    Moving on to your next point, a random homophobic lawyer who knows how the CA ballot initiative system works is about as newsworthy as a KKK member still not liking black people.

    Finally, we have a bill that did pass the Michigan house but appears(from my research) to have died after that. From what I gathered, the bill passed the house in the middle of December and had to be heard by the senate by the end of the month; or else it was dead and then the whole process would start from scratch again. As far as I can tell, it was never touched by the senate and is no longer a threat.

    I think your post is a great example of how the media is always trying to make a story out of anything and how there are still a lot of sexist, homophobic people in this country who are (sadly enough) in power and know how to work the legislature system.

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