October 15, 2013

California GOP Is Committed To Terrorizing Transgender Kids

A screenshot of the Equality California website supportallstudents.org

The Republican right-wing extremists and evangelical Christians behind Proposition 8, the unconstitutional ballot initiative that banned gay marriage, have embarked on a new cause to terrorize and demean transgender Californians.

California Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed a bill that became state law in August, requiring that public schools make accommodations for their transgender students.

Rep. Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) sponsored the measure, and mandates that all California public schools allow transgender students to use the lavatory and locker rooms associated with their gender identity. The law also directs school districts to comply with state nondiscrimination laws, which allows a transgender student to participate in team sports that match their gender identification.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s  senior political reporter Carla Marinucci wrote an excellent article about the coming political battle. She reported on Monday that a gaggle of anti-gay groups are fighting the “School Success and Opportunity Act," and have hired the Republican campaign strategist who managed the Proposition 8 campaign.
Frank Schubert, the Republican political consultant behind both Prop. 8 and the drive to qualify the latest ballot measure, said conservatives and evangelical voters have reacted to the law with "tremendous discomfort" because it opens up "the most sensitive areas of public schools" and threatens parental rights. 
A coalition of conservative groups under the umbrella organization Privacy for All Students is circulating 200,000 petitions statewide to qualify a measure invalidating legislation that conservatives have dubbed the "transgender bathroom" law or the "forced coed locker room" law. 
Its goal is to gather 505,000 valid signatures by Nov. 12 - which supporters say would stop the law from taking effect in January and allow Californians to vote on the issue in November 2014.
The referendum drive was officially endorsed by California Republican Party delegates at their convention in Anaheim earlier this month. 
The Rev. Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, whose group is gathering signatures for the ballot drive, said the Ammiano law insults "every mother and father that want their daughter to meet a man ... marry him and have children." 
"For a judge to change my birth certificate to female is absolutely lunatic," Sheldon said. "I can tell the judge I'm joining the girls' soccer team so after that game, I can go into the shower room and get my thrills by seeing these young, developing girls. 
"It's terrible," Sheldon said. "Just to talk about it is pornographic." 
Watching the ballot drive with dismay are moderate gay Republicans who have tried to get their party to move away from social issues in an effort to re-establish the California GOP as politically relevant.
Equality California has launched a website to counter the bigoted extremists hell-bent on terrorizing and demonizing the transgender community. You can visit supportallstudents.org for information, and to express your support.

This battle will get ugly, and it really pisses me off.

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