Clear & Present: A.A. Howsepian

Dr. Avak Albert Howsepian has been named the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming NARTH Institute 2016 Conference in Dallas, Texas. That makes him, at the very least, an enabler of the psychological abuse of LGBTQ+ children, adolescents and teens.

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AA Howsepian-NARTH KeynoteDr. Avak Albert (Al) Howsepian (see photo below), has been named the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming NARTH Institute 2016 Conference in Dallas, Texas. That makes him, at the very least, an enabler of the psychological abuse of LGBTQ+ children, adolescents and teens.
 
He is currently employed at the Veteran’s Administration in Fresno, CA and as: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Univ. of California San Francisco (UCSF) supervising psychiatric residents; supervising medical students at UCSF, Univ. of California-Merced, and University of California-Davis. He specializes in teaching “Psychiatry and Religion”, “Paraphilias and Perversions”, and “Electroconvulsive Therapy”.
 
His opinion about the role religion should play in psychotherapy is cited in the book “Care for The Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology” (pg. 286)…
 
“An example of reading the Bible with an unsophisticated correlation method would be to accept the diagnostic categories of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) or some secular psychotherapeutic model, and then try to determine how, according to the Bible, one would treat peole who fall into these categories. A more Bible-honoring approach would be to rethink the diagnostic categories in biblical terma (as psychiatrist A.A. Howsepian has recommended) to get the questions right, and then to devise therapies to address the pathologies so conceived. HOWSEPIAN ENCOURAGES US TO RETHINK PSYCHOTIC DELUSION IN THEOLOGICAL TERMS.” [Emphasis & Uppercase – TransActive Gender Center]

Primary Concerns re: A.A. Howsepian:

His employers in the University of California system and Veteran’s Administration need to be informed about the toxic attitudes he brings to the field of mental health and his association with an organization (NARTH aka “The Alliance for Therapeutic Choice & Scientific Integrity) that endorses the practice of ‘change/conversion/reparative’ therapy on transgender and gender diverse minors – a practice which has been prohibited by law in the state of California.

Dr. Howsepian’s religious beliefs are not the issue here… there should, however, be great concern whenever a medical or mental health practitioner prioritizes their extremist religious beliefs with regard to gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation over the ethical practice guidelines of their profession.

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The information below comes from the NARTH/ALLIANCE announcement:

Dr. Al Howsepian – Distinguished Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Researcher and Author
 
A.A. Howsepian, M.D., Ph.D. received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno (CSUF, his Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of California, Davis, and his Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., in Philosophy) degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
 
He is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
 
Dr. Howsepian is a Staff Psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System in Fresno and is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, a member of the UCSF-FMEP core faculty, where he supervises psychiatric residents during all four years of their training, supervises medical students from UCSF, University of California, Merced, and University of California, Davis, and teaches classes to Psychiatry residents in Psychopharmacology, Psychiatry and Religion, Psychiatric Ethics, Paraphilias and Perversions, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Forensic Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.

American College of Pediatricians

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a ‘front’ organization for religious, social conservative individuals with a variety of professional credentials (i.e. not all pediatricians) that promotes, incites and instructs others in the emotional and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents and teens through lies and manipulation of actual facts, statistics and clinical research.

This TransFactive post is an UPDATE to a 2010 TransActive Gender Center national press release on the American College of Pediatricians.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a ‘front’ organization for religious, social conservative individuals with a variety of professional credentials (i.e. not all pediatricians) that promotes, incites and instructs others in the emotional and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents and teens through lies and manipulation of actual facts, statistics and clinical research.

Those that support or implement the reckless and abusive recommendations of the American College of Pediatricians must assume the responsibility for perpetuating the emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents and teens and the often tragic outcome of that abuse.

Abuse By Any Other Name

The American College of Pediatricians hopes people confuse them with the REPUTABLE American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP supports affirmation of gender nonconformity and gender diversity in children, adolescents and teens, and endorses medical intervention in transgender youth following experienced assessment/evaluation.

In 2010, The American College of Pediatricians sent a letter to school superintendents nationwide entitled “Facts About Youth”. While claiming to contain  “important factual information and healthful approaches” to working with transgender and gender nonconforming children, adolescents and youth, the letter (and included brochure) consists of outright lies and manipulation of factual information. The ACP seeks to promote the continued marginalization and emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender students.

 

Extremist Ideology

The American College of Pediatricians is a fringe collection of individuals described by founding member Joseph Zanga as a organization “with Judeo-Christian, traditional values that is open to pediatric medical professionals of all religions who hold true to the group’s core beliefs: that life begins at conception; and that the traditional family unit, headed by a different-sex couple, poses far fewer risk factors in the adoption and raising of children”.

Founded in 2002 and consisting of approximately 200 members (compared to the more than 60,000 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics), the ACP was created in protest of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2002 policy statement supporting adoption by lesbians and gays.

For an overview of American College of Pediatricians “Facts About Youth” leadership please click here, and look for an upcoming TransFactive post with an in-depth examination of the ACP leadership.

By almost any measure, the ACP is a collection of religious extremists and social conservatives  who, like their counterparts in the equally fringe National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), attempt to promote and distribute propaganda in opposition to diverse gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. They espouse and endorse ideology-based cissexist notions of what constitutes a healthy home, school and community environment for children and youth.

The American College of Pediatricians promotes child abuse and presents a danger to the safety of all gender nonconforming and transgender children and youth.

The ACP promotes their “Facts About Youth” website to parents, schools and communities. THIS WEBSITE POSES A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WELL-BEING OF ALL CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND TEENS.

For up-to-date and accurate information, resources and research on supportive approaches to meeting the needs of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender youth, check out the TransActive Gender Center resources here, here and here, or contact us by email with your questions.

The American College of Pediatricians mirrors the tactics of organizations and individuals that insist on using quotation marks around the words “gay”, “transgender”, “anti-bullying” and others in an attempt to de-authenticate their meaning and further dehumanize children and youth.

TGC Logo-Puzzle Only TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR:

TransActive Gender Center (supported by leading experts in the healthcare field) takes the position that the intentional misrepresentations and lies disseminated by the American College of Pediatricians provides, and is intended to provide so-called “scientific” support and ‘cover’ to individuals and organizations like those listed here who desire to perpetuate and institutionalize (i.e. through letters to school superintendents) the emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents, teens and their families.

The “red herring” scenarios and social conservative idealogical dogma dispensed by the American College of Pediatricians is, indeed, the wrong prescription for ALL youth, families, professionals, communities and yes, faith leadership. Their propaganda only amplifies existing ignorance, intolerance and hate.

It’s long past time to loudly reject and actively oppose those individuals and organizations like the American College of Pediatricians that encourage child abuse behind thin veneers of ‘professional opinion’, ‘scientific analysis’, ‘concern for youth’ or ‘freedom of religion/ideology’.
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TransActive Gender Center

Position Paper: Extremist “Bathroom Bill” Legislation

There has been an exponential increase in anti-transgender hate speech, discrimination and violence in the months following the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. Despite the absence of any evidence whatsoever that transgender children, youth or adults pose any risk to the safety of non-transgender (cisgender) people, religious and political extremists have committed themselves to inciting irrational fear of those who are gender diverse and transgender.

State legislators and other officials are proposing so-called “bathroom bills” that would in effect, ban transgender people from using gender segregated public restroom accommodations that correspond to their gender identity. Some of these bills go so far as to allow private citizens to challenge the gender of someone they observe entering or using a public restroom or other gender segregated facility and, astonishingly, demand the person provide proof of genitalia or risk the equivalent of a ‘citizen’s arrest’ and subsequent detainment and excessive fine for violating a “bathroom bill” law.

This legislation attempts to criminalize the existence of transgender people by denying them access to public accommodations (restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms) through imposition of an arbitrary and discriminatory ‘proof of anatomical status’ standard that the majority of non-transgender people in their communities will not be subjected to.

Further, this legislation is being proposed without ANY evidence that the use of gender segregated public accommodations by transgender people poses any threat, danger, disruption or inconvenience to others. Indeed, there is ample evidence to the contrary from schools, communities, counties and states have had transgender public accommodation rights in place for a number of years.

The Wrong Side of History

Throughout the history of the United States of America there have been attempts on the part of some to abridge the natural and civil rights of others without cause or justification. It cannot be denied that a great source of shame related to the founding of this nation was the 1787 “Three-Fifths Compromise“.

Discrimination against women resulted in denial of their write to vote until less than 100 years ago and “Jim Crow” laws permitted apartheid to exist in the USA long after passage of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.

Japanese-Americans were interred in camps during World War II for no reason other than racial/ethnic discrimination – an action that some want to repeat in the present day against Muslims living in this country…again, without reason or justification.

Transgender children, youth and adults are the latest vulnerable minority being oppressed by those promoting intolerance and hate towards those who do not share their beliefs, ideologies, identity or so-called “family values”.

For all of the above stated reasons, TransActive Gender Center stands:

  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it is not in the public interest, is intentionally discriminatory and ultimately, unenforceable in any logical, safe or equitable fashion
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it would legalize, endorse and increase instances of emotional, psychological and physical abuse of transgender children, adolescents and teens, leading to heightened risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it may or will ‘deputize’ every person in the affected state(s) to interrogate, examine and police the gender and genitalia of ANYONE in, or about to enter a public restroom
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it is a ‘solution in search of a non-existent problem’, intended solely to discriminate against transgender children, youth and adults
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it empowers and legitimizes harassment of girls/women/boys/men who may not conform to arbitrary stereotypes of femininity or masculinity
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it creates a situation in which any individual’s ignorance or prejudices would be empowered to legally violate the personal privacy, physical safety and civil rights of another person based solely on their perception of that person’s gender and physical anatomy

  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it will increase the likelihood of physical violence, unlawful detention, bullying and harassment of students at every grade level in violation of federal Title IX protections

  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that it will increase litigation against individuals and businesses
  • STRONGLY opposed to passage of anti-transgender “bathroom bill” legislation on the grounds that such bills impose the religious and political extremist views of some on a vulnerable minority that poses no threat to the communities in which they live.

These discriminatory actions violate existing Constitutional protections, common human decency and those things we hold most precious as citizens of the United States of America including, but not limited to the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

STAND UP | STAND STRONG | STAND TOGETHER

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Extremist Agendas: “Bathroom Bills”

HATE LEGISLATION UPDATES

ILLINOIS | INDIANA | KENTUCKY | MISSOURI |NEVADA | SOUTH CAROLINA SOUTH DAKOTA | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON | WISCONSIN

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling that made marriage equality the law of the land, far-right conservative and religious extremist individuals, groups, organizations and legislators have shifted much of their focus to anti-transgender and gender diversity protections at the local, state and federal levels.

This shift began with a successful repeal of civil rights protections for LGBTQ people in Houston, Texas. Their primary strategic target is opposition to public accommodation laws (so-called “bathroom bills”) that protect transgender individuals’ right to use a restroom, locker room or other gender-segregated facility that corresponds with their gender identity. Their tactics include:

READ THE FACTS FROM SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The overwhelming majority of those supporting these Bills are Republican.
We leave analysis of that fact up to the reader.

TAKE ACTION TO DEFEAT THESE HATE MOTIVATED BILLS, MEASURES & POLICIES 


COLORADO
Three Republican state Senators sitting on a five-member committee objected to, and shot-down a Bill that would have made it easier for transgender people to amend their birth certificates. The same three Republican Senators voted down a Bill banning gay conversion therapy on minors.  Voting against these two Bills were Rep. Ray Scott (R) from Grand Junction, Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R) from Sterling, and Rep. Owen Hill (R) from Colorado Springs.

This effort was driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda.


Florida


ILLINOIS [Trigger Warning-Extremist Christian/Right Wing Hate Content]

Extremist elected officials in Illinois have introduced legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that will, by design, implement and enforce discrimination (in violation of Title IX) against transgender children, adolescents and teens in public schools throughout the state. House Bill 4474 is a hate motivated Right Wing, Extremist Christian “bathroom bill” that ‘fixes a problem’ that simply doesn’t exist.

HB 4474 was introduced by State Representative Tom Morrision (R) and co-sponsored by John D. Anthony (R), Mark Batinick (R), John M. Cabello (R), C.D. Davidsmeyer (R), Mary E. Flowers (D), Jeanne M. Ives (R), Dwight Kay (R), Sherry L. Jesiel (R), Bill Mitchell (R), Reginald Phillips (R), David Reis (R), Barbara Wheeler (R), and Keith Wheeler (R).

Unlike most of these exclusively Republican-driven bills, House Democrat Mary Flowers of District 31 in Springfield is a co-sponsor of HB4474.

Rep. Morrison formerly taught 5th-grade at the Christian Liberty School in Arlington Heights. CLA is a private school with a non-discrimination policy that DOES NOT include protections based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, which is their right as a private religious institution (assuming they do not receive any Federal funding). Tom Morrison wants to require all public schools in the state of Illinois to submit to the Right Wing extremist discriminatory policies of his former employer, the Christian Liberty School.

This effort is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda fueled by HATE, IGNORANCE & INSENSITIVITY TO THE ABUSE OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH.


INDIANA
Indiana lawmakers Sen. Jim Tomes (R)Rep. Rhonda Rhoads (R), Rep. Bob Heaton (R) and Rep. Tim Harman (R) have proposed Bills (SB 35 / HB 1031 / HB 1079) that would make it a crime for transgender people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that do not conform to their  chromosomes or sexual anatomy at birth.

This effort is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda.

For more information, visit Indiana Transgender Rights.


Kentucky

Massachusetts

Minnesota

MISSOURI

Christian extremist and right wing state Sen. Ed Emery (R) has introduced a “bathroom bill” in the Missouri State Senate that, if passed, would amend existing state law to intentionally and with malice discriminate against transgender children, adolescents, teens and adults. There are, at present, no co-sponsors of this bill.

Sen. Emery is a supporter of and award recipient from the Concerned Women for America. Here is a link to videos of CCW’s leading spokesmodel Penny Nance talking about transgender kids. [TRIGGER WARNING]

[Sen. Emery] rejects the idea that the policy is discriminatory, comparing it to “height requirements on roller coasters and age requirements in kindergartens.

SB 720 would amend Chapter 171 (School Operations) of the Missouri Revised Statutes by adding a new section; 171.425:

171.425 – 1. For the purposes of this section “biological sex” means the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy and indicated on their birth certificate.

ANALYSIS: Among other things, the hate motivated SB 720 seeks to define “biological sex” in a way that perpetuates and embraces a pre-20th century understanding of biological science, endocrinology, genetics, pre-natal development and sociology. It excludes the ENTIRE SEGMENT of humanity that is intersex.

171.425 – 2. In every public school setting in which a student may be in a state of undress in the presence of other students, school personnel shall provide separate, distinct areas designated for use by students based on their biological sex to ensure the personal privacy and safety of students

ANALYSIS: SB 720, due to its archaic, binary-only understanding and definition of “biological sex” would put school officials in the impossible position of making a scientific/biological determination of a student’s sexual biology, when in fact such a determination may well fall outside SB 720’s narrow definition of “biological sex” in the case of intersex students.

171.425 – 3. Every public school restroom, locker room, and shower room designated for student use and which is accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex. At no time shall a student be allowed to access a public school restroom, locker room, or shower room designated for use by the opposite biological sex

ANALYSIS: In addition to requiring schools to confirm and police the sexual biology of their students, SB 720 would require school district employees to monitor the genitalia of students at every grade level. This EXTREMELY invasive violation of student privacy reveals an unhealthy and abusive obsession with the genitalia of minor children, adolescents and teens on the part of religious extremists and right wing legislators.

171.425 – 4. (1) A student who asserts to school officials that his or her gender is different from his or her biological sex may be provided with alternative restroom, locker room, or shower room accommodations, provided that a parent or legal guardian of a minor child who makes such assertion shall provide written consent to use of such alternative accommodations. Such accommodations shall not include the use of student restrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms designated for use by students of the opposite biological sex.

ANALYSIS: The above section of SB 720 seeks to circumvent Federal Title IX civil rights protections, which require public schools receiving federal funding to affirm the asserted gender identity of students whether or not the student’s parents approve of their child’s gender identification or gender expression. Passage of SB 720 would place transgender students in Missouri at great risk of having no ‘safe space’ in which to find support and affirmation of their true selves.

171.425 – (2) Acceptable accommodations may include but are not limited to access to single-stall restrooms, unisex restrooms, or controlled use of faculty restrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms.

This section of SB 720 seeks to establish ‘separate-NOT-equal’ access to restrooms for transgender students. SB 720 is clearly discrminatory in that it would subject transgender students to heightened potential for harassment, bullying and humiliation as a result of being required to use restroom facilities different than those of their same gender peers for no other purpose than to differentiate them from their peers. It further discriminates against and creates undue hardship on transgender students by requiring them to often go further than their peers to access a restroom, seek additional levels of approval to use of the restroom and increases the potential for them being late to class as a result of having to use a restroom that is not as convenient as those used by their peers.

Nevada


OKLAHOMA
Scheduled to be introduced on February 1, 2016 by Sen. Joseph Silk (R), Senate Bill 1014 states as follows:

“It shall be unlawful for a person to use a gender-specific restroom when that person’s biological gender is contrary to that of the gender-specific restroom.”

Senator Joseph Silk is a Christian-extremist politician with an extensive history of promoting anti-LGBTQ hate and intolerance. [TRIGGER WARNING]

You can send Senator Silk an email message by clicking on the link attached to his hame above.

This effort is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda.

South Carolina


SOUTH DAKOTA

HB-1008
There is an extremely discriminatory legislative Bill being introduced by Right Wing, anti-transgender hate mongers and religious extremists in South Dakota.

House Bill 1008, introduced by Rep. Fred Deutsch (R) and Sen. Brock Greenfield (R)  (see below for additional co-sponsors) seeks to write into law discrimination against transgender students for reasons motivated only by ignorance, intolerance, hate and religious extremism.

UPDATE: On Monday, January 25th, the South Dakota House State of Affairs Committee approved House Bill 1008, which advances the Bill in the State Legislature. HB-1008 was amended prior to leaving the Committee, removing the requirement that the state Attorney General defend school districts in the predictable lawsuits that will follow approval of this hateful, hurtful and discriminatory piece of legislation.

Sign the ACLU of South Dakota’s “Protect Transgender Student’s Rights Petition“now!

Bill Summary & Commentary:

  1. Defines the “condition of being male or female” by an individual’s chromosomes (How is that remotely enforceable?) and their anatomy as observed at birth.
    (At best, eliminating the authenticity of intersex individuals and at worst, encouraging barbaric surgery to ‘correct’ bodies that don’t conform to anatomical sex stereotypes.)
  2. Designates every public school restroom, locker room and shower room for the exclusive use of “students of the same biological sex”. They extend this designation to facilities used in conjunction with off school premises activities. (Again, how is this even remotely enforceable? Biological test stations at the entrance to every restroom and locker room?)
  3. Requires transgender students to use a “reasonable accommodation…one that does not impose an undue hardship on a school district. A reasonable accommodation may not include the use of student restrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms designated for use by students of the opposite biological sex if students of the opposite biological sex are present or could be present. A reasonable accommodation may include a single-occupancy restroom, a unisex restroom, or the controlled use of a restroom, locker room, or shower room that is designated for use by faculty”.
    (This implies that, on a biological basis, sex exists only as a dichotomous binary. It is both scientifically inaccurate and predicated on the establishment of a separate-but-NOT-equal public accomodation for a specific class of individuals already protect by Federal Title IX statutes.)
  4. Finally, in anticipation of lawsuits from individuals, organizations and the Federal Government for violation of Title IX and other equal access protections, HB1008 requires the Attorney General of the State of South Dakota to a) defend this law in Court proceedings and represent any school officials named in any lawsuit at no cost to the individual, and b) that the State of South Dakota will pay any/all monetary damages issued against any school district or school district official or employee for violating the Federal civil and human rights of transgender students.
    [NOTE: This last section of the original Bill was amended and removed from the Bill that passed our of the House State of Affairs Committee on January 25, 2016.]

 

Co-sponsors of HB1008 include Representatives: Scott Craig (R), Al Novstrup (R), Jeff Partridge (R), Lance Russell (R), Lee Schoenbeck (R), Mike Verchio (R), Larry Zikmund (R), and Senators Terri Haverly (R), Ried Holien (R), Betty Olsen (R), Ernie Otten (R).

Sign the petition to encourage lawmakers to VOTE NO on HB-1008

This effort is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda fueled by HATE, IGNORANCE & INSENSITIVITY TO THE ABUSE OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH.

Texas


WASHINGTON

HB-2589, HB-2782 & SB-6443
Right wing hate mongers and religious extremists Rep. Graham Hunt (R), Rep. Brad Klippert (R), and Sen. Doug Ericksen (R), have introduced bills that will ensure, in Ericksen’s words, “The boys will use the boys’ locker room and the girls will use the girls’ locker room.”

  • Rep. Graham Hunt has introduced HB2589 seeking to add the following amendment to RCW 49.60.030 (which protects the right of transgender people to use gender segregated facilities):

(4) Nothing in this chapter prohibits a public or private entity from limiting access to a private facility segregated by gender, such as a bathroom, restroom, toilet, shower, locker room, or sauna, to a person if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated. Nothing in this chapter grants any right to a person to access a private facility segregated by gender, such as a bathroom, restroom, toilet, shower, locker room, or sauna, of a public or private entity if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated.

Co-sponsors of HB2589 include: Shelly Short (R), Luanne Van Werven (R), Jay Rodne (R), Gina McCabe (R), David Taylor (R), Jeff Holy (R), Matt Manweller (R), Matt Shea (R), Maureen Walsh (R), Elizabeth Scott (R), Dick Muri (R), Norma Smith (R), Joe Schmick (R), Mark Harmsworth (R), Bob McCaslin (R), Linda Kochmar (R), Cary Condotta (R), Drew MacEwen (R), Vincent Buys (R), Dan Griffey (R), Lynda Wilson (R), Liz Pike (R), Jesse Young (R), Brad Klippert (R), Brad Hawkins (R), Larry Haler (R), Joel Kretz (R), J.T. Wilcox (R), Hans Zeiger (R), Tom Dent (R), Mark Hargrove (R), Teri Hickel (R), Melanie Stambaugh (R), Michelle Caldier (R), Dave Hayes (R), and Kevin Parker (R)

  • Representative Brad Klippert (R) has introduced HB2782, also seeking to amend Washington RCW 49.60.030 to prohibit transgender individuals, or ANYONE not having XX/XY sex chromomes (in his words “DNA”) from using a restroom not corresponding to their “DNA”:

AN ACT Relating to establishing the gender privacy protection act; adding a new section to chapter 49.60 RCW; and creating a new section. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. This act may be known and cited as the Washington gender privacy protection act. NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 49.60 RCW to read as follows: (1) Nothing in this chapter or in any other provision of state law grants the right to any person who possesses male anatomy or male deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to enter into or use a public or private facility that is open to the public and is or has been segregated by gender for the private use of those who possess female anatomy or female deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) including, but not limited to, a bathroom, restroom, toilet, shower, locker room, or sauna. (2) Nothing in this chapter or in any other provision of state law grants the right to any person who possesses female anatomy or female deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to enter into or use a public or private facility that is open to the public and is or has been segregated by gender for the use of those who possess male anatomy or male deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) including, but not limited to, a bathroom, restroom, toilet, shower, locker room, or sauna.

Co-sponsors of HB2782 includeTom Dent (R), Dan Griffey (R)

  • Sen. Doug Ericksen (R) has introducted the draconian SB6443, which calls not only for the repeal of current human rights protections for transgender people in Washington state, but for a ban on ANY FUTURE legislation to protect the rights of transgender or gender diverse people in the state:

AN ACT Relating to the human rights commission’s rule-making 2 authority; and adding a new section to chapter 49.60 RCW. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 49.60 RCW to read as follows: The human rights commission shall repeal the rule currently 7 codified at WAC 162-32-060 in its entirety. The human rights commission may not thereafter initiate any rule-making procedure that involves the subject of gender segregated facilities.

Co-sponsors of SB6443 include: Barbara Bailey (R), Mike Padden (R), Steve O’Ban (R), Jan Angel (R), Randi Becker (R), John Braun (R), Mark Miloscia (R), Judy Warnick (R), Bruce Dammeier (R), Jim Honeyford (R), Mike Hewitt (R), Pam Roach (R), and Don Benton (R)

These efforts is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda fueled by HATE, IGNORANCE & INSENSITIVITY TO THE ABUSE OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH.

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WISCONSIN

Introduced by Representatives Jesse Kremer (R), Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R), David Craig (R),
Bob Gannon (R), Cody Horlacher (R), Andre Jacque (R), Ken Skowronski (R) and Paul Tittl (R), cosponsored by Senators Steve Nass (R), Terry Moulton (R) and Duey Stroebel (R).

Assembly Bill 469 (AB469) is driven by far-right conservative politics and extremist Judeo-Christian ideology. It is intended to write into law both discrimination against transgender-spectrum children, youth and adults AND a reproductive organ/documentation-based definition of both sex and gender.

Statements made by the legislators fall right in line with the anti-transgender agenda:

  •  “You don’t know if they’re up to no good or not,” he said. “This opens up a real good window for sexual predators if they want to take advantage of it.” (Rep. Jesse Kremer)
  • “I held a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on a bill [AB469] that would solve this problem in our schools. For over 8 hours we heard from a variety of folks who said that such a [sexual predator] scenario was rather implausible. Guess what, it’s not!” (Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt Facebook post in relation to an isolated 2015 sexual predator incident in Toronto, Canada)

This effort is driven by an anti-transgender, religious extremist political agenda.