YT Link: https://youtu.be/65P0W8gXiKw
[Image Description: A femme individual with long hair and glasses smirks at the camera, with her right fist balled and clasped in her left hand. The title reads “Destruction of Liberty and Justice for All HB2, et. al.”]
Synopsis: It’s the year 2016, and we’re still dealing with religious zealots pushing their agenda into daily life. These same people complain about how Sharia law might one day be over them, completely forgetting the Constitution that they so proudly proclaim to love, all while pushing their own Biblicly-rooted agenda. The majority of us in the United States do not believe the way these people do, but we have allowed their fearmongering about trans individuals to invade culture. This has lead to even more violations of human rights than simply disallowing trans people to use the bathroom appropriate for them. This is who is behind it all…
Transcript: In the Synopsis of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills, I exposed the general narrative behind these fear mongering campaigns used to get bills like HB2 passed and Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance repealed. As always, there are many more layers to the story. So, let’s peel some of them back to see how this isn’t just problematic for trans individuals, but rather anyone that does not adhere to this particular ideology.
The bill from North Carolina was passed off under the name of “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” but did nothing to protect or secure individuals in public facilities or elsewhere. In fact, it was a response to an equal rights ordinance in the city of Charlotte that prohibited business from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and allowed trans individuals to self-identify and use facilities that were most appropriate for them.
As a trans individual, I can say from experience that there is literally no one in our demographic that would be willing to expose themselves to the statistical likelihood of harassment, injury, or death. Trans individuals that may be dealing with dysphoria, social anxiety, or other obstacles resulting from living in such a bias society would never dream of walking into a bathroom that doesn’t match their presentation. Individuals will choose bathrooms based on their feelings, their appearance, and where they think will be most safe for them. As I’ve said before, the only “men in femme spaces” that have caused problems have been cisgender men and cisgender men only. Putting their issues with controlling themselves and their inability to function in society on us is absurd. But I digress..
The people behind these bills do not want anyone to believe that. They require the fear of rape culture perpetuated by cisgender men to push their agenda that’s rooted deep within the Bible. Who could desire to push such a God-fearing pious agenda? The campaign advisors for Ted Cruz’s council for religious liberty. Yes, in 2016, that is a thing. We’re marching towards theocracy, but we can discuss that some other time. The Benham brothers, David and Jason, are identical twins. Both of them graduated from Liberty University, a private non-profit Christian university with staunch Southern Baptist fire-and-brimstone leanings. In fact, the university teaches young Earth creationism as science, and has been criticized many times as being a sham of an institution.
These two brothers are prominent Christian leaders in North Carolina and staunch anti-LGBTQIA+ advocates. They believe their show that was due to air on HGTV was cancelled due to the “gay agenda” rather than their disgusting stances regarding basic human rights. These people claim that abortion rights, Islam, and the “homosexual agenda” are part of the “demonic forces at work” here on Earth. Essentially, they are delusional cisgender males attempting to push their own religion as the one true religion, and make everyone abide by it.
I also said EVERYONE. As I stated before, this was never just about trans people. The wording of HB2 limits people’s rights to pursue claims of discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, biological sex, or disability. It also disallowed cities from setting minimum wage standards for private employers.
It claimed to desire to “establish statewide consistency in laws related to employment and contracting,” and provide rules regarding “single-sex multiple occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities in school and public agencies.” This bill is actually a combination of several bills – Religious Freedom and Anti-Trans Bathroom Legislation. It is one of the most comprehensive and devastating to many demographics that are not cisgender, white, heterosexual, or financially secure.
Oh, and should I even mention that they define biological sex as “the physical condition of being male or female as listed on the person’s birth certificate?” Everyone does know we do not check chromosomes or other biological markers to determine that, right? So, we can stop having that conversation, yeah?
One could also even discuss how this narrative of protecting white women and children has been repeated since the Europeans decided to start taking the land of indigenous peoples of North America. How it has been used time and time again to destroy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for anyone that wasn’t Christian, white, cisgender, and heterosexual. This story has been used to justify torture, genocide, and unethical treatment in general for as long as Europeans have desired to make themselves appear superior.
Perhaps that’s something to discuss some other time.. For now, remember: If the shoe fits, wear it. Don’t get upset at the facts or how they are presented – examine what you believe, and see why you feel that cognitive dissonance in the first place. You just might find you have some gunk left to clean out of your mind to get to a place that’s better for everyone.
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