As the nation hurtles towards the deadline to pass a new budget, Republicans have added anti-transgender riders to must-pass budget bills, with some drawing a red line.
As a Trans-person that is a federal employee, I feel particularly targeted by this.
Absolutely yes, the propaganda is going to enrage the base into a murderous frenzy. The goal is to cause as much damage and chaos as possible
As someone who is transitioning, shall we say, later in life, these types of actions scare me. Will I have access to my endocrinologist and medication?
The tactics regarding gov’t shutdown and the anti-trans provisions are utterly deplorable, and intensely degrading to those involved. There are just no other words for this. What is happening to our country? And yet, these measures pale in comparison to what will (not may, but will) happen in 2025 if the GOP gets control of congress and the presidency. The only glimmer of hope that I’d have in such a situation is that some of the largest states are politically blue, “safe haven” states, and maybe they could somehow resist the federal onslaught.
This scares the day lights out of me. I just got the green light for FFS and am going in on the 5th, on less that 2 weeks notice because what if they somehow manage to ban this before the end of the year? Not taking chances. My partner though, I worry about, her insurance is fighting her and dragging out her own, probably in the hopes that it'll get banned soon and they can avoid paying for her own surgery. If that happens, I very much fear she won't make it through it. Then there's the other issues of gender affirming care, like, if I ever get reassignment done, will I be denied hormones I HAVE to have to stay healthy afterwards? I'm hesitant to ever do that because who knows what'll happen in 10 years.
I absolutely hope the Democrats dig their heels in too and don't cave to this, I have some hope, I read in the news that some of the GOP is about ready to switch to voting on measures with the Dems to get a spending bill passed to avoid a shutdown again. Of course, if that doesn't happen, and it drags out for months even, the GOP will 100% shift blame to their opponents to avoid accountability with their own voter base. We'll just have to see.
Waiting with bated breath. I just want to live my life without fear of people who don't even know me policing my body.
I really don't have any personal beef with former VP Pence - he is willing to at least work within the system, which would block him from enacting this bizarre promise, I am reasonably sure, but nevertheless, *HE* is the one with the "ideology", here, we all know what these types say, God doesn't make mistakes, so transgender can't be a thing (but meanwhile I have a trans GF, but whatever). He's ignoring the evidence, just like phobes do.
Democrats better hold firm on this
As a co-founder of TAVA (Transgender American Veterans Association) over 21 years ago, we have been working over that time to secure equal rights for all Trans Veterans, and we have been very successful, working with the VA hand in hand, until today when we see that Trans rights to healthcare is exactly in the same position that all Trans rights were during the right to work and ENDA legislation, which was dropped rather than staying inclusive of all GLBT people.
The Republican statement of “dying on that hill” against gender rights, if familiar to Trans people who have already been dying on that hill for many years due to Republican policies to erase Trans people.
Of course we look at this fight for Trans Veterans Rights as pivotal, because we know it doesn’t end here. In fact, if the succeed trying to discriminate against Trans people, we know that this is just the beginning of their war to deny all GLBTQI+ people the right to serve in the military. After that Republicans will attack Same Sex Marriage, and then on to stripping GLBT of their rights to teach in schools, job protections and the public in general.
They must be stopped right here and now while they attack Trans rights to healthcare or all GLBTQI+ people will suffer in the future.
The answer is yes. Yes, they will.
As much as they froth at the mouth over trans issues or educational funding or food aid to children in poverty or whatever, that's not their real agenda. They want to cause chaos, and they're going to get what they want.
Fear and panic can be infectious. We have to show, and manifest in this community, the same strength that those of the Jewish faith did during World War II. We have to learn breathing and self-care techniques so that we can manifest strength when we need it. We are in a fortunate public relations spot in that the people who agree with Republicans are not necessarily the most numerous - just the most noisy. It is easy to mistake the two. Sisters, be strong.
Yes, they will, but the real question is will the centrist Dems hold their ground, or "compromise" and abandon us? I fear the answer to that.
Dumb question. How is this constitutional? In light of Bostock, I can't see how this could be.