DIRECT ACTION NEEDED. SUPPORT OUR TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. WTF SOLIDARITY.
We need to act now because this is not a "bathroom" issue. This is a safety issue for transgender people (not cis people). This is blatantly transphobic.
1. Contact State Senator Scott Newman about his comments that he is being bullied by the trans community for standing up to his transphobic bill
2. Write to your state senator or state representative
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State Senator Scott Newman and State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen unveiled their anti-trans bathroom bill today at a press conference:
"Newman...described the many phone calls his office has received on the topic. He said the response by the transgender community has been 'coarse, they are threatening. They’re crude.... not the bullied. They are the bullies.'"
More information about the 44 MN House Republicans backing bans on transgender employees using the bathroom.
Image reposted from Grease Rag Ride & Wrench friend, Remy:
From Cate Crowe:
Newman thinks we're crude and coarse. I appreciate the compliment. And, I'd rather be crude and coarse than the embodiment of evil. Attempts to eradicate vulnerable populations by WASP 'Murcan men are evil. If passed, this bill would push trans Minnesotans to de-transition, move, or commit suicide. Newman fails to realize that makes this personal.
1. If you'd like, you may reach Newman at 651-296-4131, call his assistant (Evan at 651-296-5246), and/or send Newman an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps instead of assuming you're a crude, coarse bully, Senator Newman will have a nice chat with you about your concerns. Don't count on it.
2. Please consider writing your state senator and/or state rep regarding this matter. You can determine who your senator and rep are here--You can identify your senator here: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/.
Here's a template for writing a letter you may find helpful:
The Honorable [First Name] [Last Name]
Minnesota State [House/Senate]
Dear [Senator/Representative] [Last Name]:
SF3002, HF 3374, and HF3395, now in committee, concerning the elimination of access to locker rooms and bathrooms by transgender Minnesotans is of paramount interest to me because I am a [trans woman, trans man, ally, brother to a trans woman, etc.] This issue directly impacts [my employment, my housing, my ability to go out in public, etc.]
I am primarily concerned about those portions of the bill that would roll back existing anti-discrimination statutes because [I would no longer be able to use the bathroom at work]. Other language in the bill would [severely limit my ability to go to the gym or go out to eat].
I understand that you [authored this bill, co-authored this bill, are on the Judiciary committee, are my State Senator/Rep]. As such, you are in a position to advocate for the civil and human rights of transgender Minnesotans. I expect that you will do so, since you are required to uphold the Equal Protection clauses of our State and U.S. Constitutions. This bill is—at best—an inept and inane replay of Plessy v. Ferguson 120 years later. Separate but equal facilities are unacceptable to our courts—and to me.
Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. I believe it is an important issue, and would like to see the legislation fail to ensure that transgender Minnesotans can work and live without being made pariahs.