Republicans in Congress lay groundwork for anti-transgender push

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/republicans-congress-lay-groundwork-anti-transgender-push-rcna38014

And the hate continues and the attacks on trans people will increase.   There is no reason for this other than othering and demonizing these people.    I wish the public would see what the Republicans are doing and look how historically they have done it over and over through history.   It has been done about gays, Catholics, Muslims, ethnic Irish people, blacks, the Mexicans, and anyone not straight white males that fit the majority has been treated to this hate and attempt to stir up hate against groups all for political advantage because they know their base followers are racist bigots and will endorse / vote for politicians that hate the same people they do.    I am tired of the rising hate, it is time consuming and emotionally draining to see normal good people and children attacked because they are born different from the hateful majority.     But as long as I can I will stand up for those that are not able to stand up to defend themselves.    Hugs

Critics say the legislation could make it even more difficult for transgender people to access health care that’s recommended by major medical organizations.
Image: Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy attends a House Republican Conference news confernce on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2022.Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images file
 
 
 

U.S. Republicans in Congress are lining up behind legislation that critics say would roll back protections for transgender people, setting a playbook for action on a divisive social issue should they take control of Congress this fall.

The bills have no chance of becoming law this year, as Democrats narrowly control both chambers of Congress. But they are a sign that Republicans aim to elevate a battle over transgender rights that has so far largely played out at the state level.

 

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would block federal funding to colleges where transgender women are allowed to participate in sports with cisgender women. A separate bill would allow transgender people to sue medical personnel who helped them transition as minors.

Another bill would block funding to schools that disobey state laws regarding “materials harmful to minors,” mimicking state laws that have been used to remove books discussing history around race and LGBTQ themes.

The bills have support from key Republicans in the House and Senate. Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has promoted the sports bill at a press conference and in a conservative newspaper. It is backed by 127 of 211 House Republicans.

**Editor note.  There is a video here of the exchange between the professor that I can not post.  To view it please go to the link of the article.   Thanks, hugs. **

 
 

In the Senate, five Republicans have sponsored a version of the bill targeting medical providers, including Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio.

Republicans would be in a position to advance those bills next year if they win control of the House or the Senate in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, which analysts say is likely.

“I hope these are legislative initiatives that we can pass when we get the majority back,” said Rep. Jim Banks, who sponsored the medical providers bill and represents a district in Indiana, which banned transgender students from playing on girls’ sports teams at schools this May.

Fears of discrimination

Critics say the legislation proposed by House Republicans would reduce access to care needed by transgender people to transition. Transgender people are significantly more likely to attempt or commit suicide, often due to lack of access to gender-affirming medical care, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group.

Banks called such criticism “outrageous” and said he did not see how his legislation would contribute to an unsafe environment for transgender people.

Violence against LGBTQ people has also increased fourfold between 2020 and 2021 in the United States, according to ACLED, a nonpartisan organization that tracks violence globally. The increase occurred during a three-year uptick in anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

“There has always been fringe voices who oppose LGBTQ equality, but now, unfortunately, that fringe has grown loud and is being given national platforms,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, a LGBTQ advocacy group.

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Sixty-four percent of Americans support protecting trans people from discrimination, according to a June poll from Pew Research Center; 10% oppose protections.

Eighteen Republican-led states have enacted bans on trans girls and women participating in publicly funded women’s sports, while more than a dozen have introduced legislation mimicking Florida’s law limiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

President Joe Biden has taken steps to counter those state laws, including issuing a proposal to expand current gender discrimination protections to transgender people in college sports.

Advocates are pushing Democrats to do more to enshrine protections into law before the November elections, but they face uncertain prospects in the evenly divided Senate.

“If we lose the House or the Senate I think it’s really unlikely we’ll be able to prevent discrimination” at the federal level, said Fran Hutchins, executive director of Equality Federation.

2 thoughts on “Republicans in Congress lay groundwork for anti-transgender push

  1. Scottie, we cannot get them to act more on climate change, shore up the ACA, discuss child care, discuss the debt and deficit, discuss civil rights protections, etc., but they have time to beat on the transgender population. This is what the Republican party wants to focus on. Transgender people are evil in their mind, but investigating whether the police force has Nazis in it is unimportant. Maybe transgender folks should wear swastikas for protection. Keith

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    1. Hello Keith. Yes the republicans do not want to govern, they want to have a culture war instead to wind up their base and to further the fundamentalist religious view. Remember when Moscow Mitch McConnell was asked what the republican agenda would be if they won the senate control back and he refused to answer. Said he would tell them the day after it happened. He did not want to say because they know that the things the republicans want the public doesn’t want. Hugs

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