California pushes transgender activism beyond its borders

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As with climate change, California politicians and elite media are pushing transgender activism beyond their state’s borders….whether our fellow Americans like it or not.

According to the Los Angeles Times, in post-marriage-equality America, where same-sex couples live openly and increasingly are embraced in their communities, those on the conservative right who once pushed back against gay rights now appear to have shifted their focus to the transgender community.

So far this year, 10 states have introduced a flurry of bills that would make life tougher for transgender people, especially students who try to use campus restrooms that match their gender identity. And earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it will no longer investigate civil rights complaints from transgender students who say they were barred from using restrooms that align with their gender identity.

North Carolina in early 2016 passed what the Times calls a “controversial bathroom bill,” which in effect barred transgender people from using restrooms that aligned with their gender identity. Supposedly, North Carolina lost millions in revenue — new employers, conventions and sporting events — because of the decision.

The last time we checked in on North Carolina, they seemed to be doing OK.

Of the 10 states that have introduced legislation aimed at the transgender community, seven have crafted bills that are a variation of North Carolina’s bathroom bill, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. Two states, Alaska and Massachusetts, are also considering ballot initiatives that could restrict the freedoms of transgender people.

California’s elite aren’t happy that not everyone agrees with them about men and women sharing the same restrooms.

In Tennessee, four bathroom-related bills were introduced, including three that require the state to provide legal defense for schools that adopt North Carolina-like restroom bans and for employees of those schools.

In South Dakota, two conservative lawmakers proposed a bill to prohibit public school teachers from even mentioning “gender identity” or “gender expression” to students in kindergarten through seventh grade. And in New Hampshire, a proposed bill would have made providing transition-related medical care to a minor, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy, a form of child abuse. The bill has since died in committee.

It looks like California has an uphill battle ahead.

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