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MJputergurl 60F  
57 posts
3/30/2013 9:41 am

To fill you in on the bathroom bill thing going on in Arizona:

John Kavanaugh is the Republican (go figure) who is pushing the bill; he's changed the original bill after the first round of pressure and media attention we generated, it's now Arizona SB 1045 instead of 1432.
The original bill explicitly criminalized trans people; he changed that much, though it certainly wasn't because he learned anything helpful. We just made it clear it wasn't going to stand up well legally, so he had to change it for it to have a chance of passing.
The new bill still accomplishes the same things, but casts the net even wider; now it encompasses anybody who has a gender "presentation" that doesn't match what is on their birth certificate. This includes butch women or effeminate men.

The committee that voted on the revised bill is made up of 7 Republicans and 4 Democrats, in other words, the deck was stacked to begin with. The measure was passed by the committee, as we expected.

All is certainly not lost, there is more that has to happen before this becomes law. We won, in forcing him to change the original bill, and we can win again, but we need as much help as we can get.

Kavanaugh's motivation really hasn't got much to do with what he thinks about trans folk. He's paying back his debt's to an organization called Center For Arizona Policy, or CAP. They are a religious hate group who funded a sizeable portion of his election campaign.

Outside pressure helps, so even if you don't live in Arizona; you can certainly help. We need to keep contacting these lawmakers; call, write, or email them constantly.
This is important to everyone, because if it becomes law it will set a precedent that allows random discrimination against ANYONE who doesn't fit the rules for gender presentation; it's absolutely being watched by those groups that will try to implement it elsewhere.
Please Google "Arizona State SB1045", or John Kavanaugh, or CAP to learn more. Also, please feel free to ask me; I'd be happy to share any information I have about this.

Thanks gang!

"Know masculinity, maintain femininity, and be a ravine for all under heaven." - Lao Tzu

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