New Cruz commercial is blatant hate speech

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Here’s Ted Cruz’s new anti-trans, anti-Trump commercial.

The ad begins “Should a grown man pretending to be a woman …”

Cruz’s congressional office is in Oak Lawn in Lee Park Tower II, 3626 N. Hall St. Suite 410. Let his office know this is not how you expect to be represented in Congress. Visit his office or call 214-599-8749.

Let his campaign know that hate speech and advocating violence against any group is not presidential. The campaign’s Houston office phone is 713-353-4330.

Also, click through to the ad on YouTube and report as hate speech.

The ad is in response to Donald Trump saying if someone came to Trump Tower, they should use the bathroom appropriate to his or her gender identity. It is part of a new coordinated campaign by Cruz and John Kasich to prevent Trump from gaining enough delegates to get the nomination on the first ballot at the convention and force a brokered convention.

Here’s the ad:

—  David Taffet

Equality Texas condemns Denton County sheriff candidate; video shows consequences of anti-trans bathroom bills

Tracy Murphree

Denton County sheriff candidate Tracy Murphree

This weekend, as Equality Texas was condemning violently anti-trans hate speech from Tracy Murphree, a candidate for sheriff of Denton County, video surfaced online of a male security officer and a female security officer (possibly police officers, the video isn’t clear), accosting a young butch lesbian and throwing her out of a public women’s restroom as her friends videotape the incident while screaming out the officers that their target is female.

Dallas Observer on Friday, April 22, broke news of Murphree’s comments on Facebook in which he threatened violence against trans women in public restrooms:

“This whole bathroom thing is craziness I have never seen. All I can say is this: If my little girl is in a public women’s restroom and a man, regardless of how he may identify, goes into the bathroom, he will then identify as a John Doe until he wakes up in whatever hospital he may be taken to. Your identity does not trump my little girl’s safety. I identify as an overprotective father that loves his kids and would do anything to protect them.”

The Observer also notes that Murphree, a Republican, is most likely to win the race for sheriff. He faces Libertarian candidate Randy Butler, who by the way, has posted on his Facebook that trans people in bathrooms aren’t the ones molesting children.

Murphree’s post was quickly swamped with support, racking up “likes” and supportive comments. When Amber Dyden Briggle, mother of an 8-year-old transgender son, dared take Murphree to task, she too was attacked by the candidate and his supporters. Murphree responded:

“Maybe I’m a bit jaded after almost 30 years of seeing kids assaulted and sexually abused. Maybe I realize that child molesters will use these new rules to their benefit. Maybe, just maybe I have the same right to advocate for the safety of my kids. I’m angered that when someone says bathrooms should be gender specific, they are made to be a horrible person. Yes, I will be the next sheriff, and I will serve all citizens. I will not sit back and not voice my beliefs and opinions. I will not give in to the political correctness police. I won’t be threatened by those who may call me a bigot or ignorant. I have no issue with transgenders. That’s between them and God. The few transgenders rights do not trump the rights of the many. I will not stand by in political correctness afraid of being labeled and allow a male to enter a bathroom my daughter occupies. I just won’t do it.”

Steve Rudner, Equality Texas’ board chair, said his organization believes, “No Texan should ever have to live in fear of violence because of their gender identity or gender expression,” and that “it is inappropriate and unacceptable for any law enforcement officials to make inflammatory statements that condone violence.”

Meanwhile, last week Instinct Magazine posted video from last December of a butch young lesbian being manhandled out of a public restroom by a male security officer (police officer) because she couldn’t produce any ID to confirm her gender. (The girl looked to be in her mid-to-late teens, maybe 16-17. I have a son who is 16-going-on-17 who has yet to get his driver’s license and who has no ID other than his school ID, which isn’t something he carries around all the time and which doesn’t note his gender anyway). The girl’s friends — one of whom videotaped the encounter — are crowded around telling the male officer — a man in a women’s restroom, by the way — and his female fellow officer that the girl was a girl, and not just a girl but a cis-gender girl, which is the only kind of “girl” that some people are willing to acknowledge as female.

And if that’s not enough to prove to you that bathroom bills lead to discrimination and violence, check out this report below by WXYZ News in Detroit, from last summer, about a woman suing a restaurant after their security pulled her out of the bathroom and kicked her out of the restaurant because they decided she looked like a guy.

—  Tammye Nash

I peed in Target and no one died

target-logo-2Target announced a new policy this week. Well, really not a new policy. A policy that until some recent inane legislation was unnecessary.

The policy is this: People may use the appropriate restroom.

All people.

Women — including Muslim women, Christian women, lesbians, transwomen, handicapped women and other women not already listed — may use the women’s room. Men should use the men’s room.

They should have added, “When you’re using our restroom, please mind your own damn business, not everyone else’s.”

Well, they didn’t enumerate, but I thought I would, because people are having conniptions and threatening boycotts against the company, because Target provides restrooms for all of their customers to use. Knowing the bigots are boycotting and will be staying away should make your Target shopping experience even nicer.

Here’s an example of the stupidity coming from Twitter:

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You do that Sassy. How dare Target allow someone other than your daughter into their Sassy’s daughter room.

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Mia, I don’t know about all Targets, but the one at CityPlace in Dallas has one dressing area for men and women. You choose a dressing room, close and lock the door behind you, try on your clothes and then leave. I assume in the women’s restroom, it’s pretty much the same thing. Go in, pick a stall, lock the door, pee, flush, leave.

Tyler, Texas pride and joy and brain trust of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Louie Gohmert, declared he’ll never shop in Target again, according to The Hill. More reasons to shop at Target. No threat of ever meeting Gohmert there.

Aimee D summed it up best on Twitter:
Let’s be honest here, the folks boycotting Target for its bathroom policy are the ones shopping at Walmart in their pajamas anyway.

I just have one question: Why are people such fucking idiots when it comes to peeing?

—  David Taffet

Oak Lawn Library supports National Transgender HIV Testing Day

Trans HIV Testing DayOak Lawn Library, 4100 Cedar Springs Road, is offering free HIV testing today (April 18) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to mark National Transgender HIV Testing Day. Free coffee will be available all morning and free hot dogs at noon.

No appointments are necessary.

The event is sponsored by Trans Pride Initiative, UT Southwestern and the Dallas Public Library.



—  David Taffet

Ban people who pose a threat from public restrooms

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Sen. Larry Craig

On Feb. 4, 1981, Rep. Jon Hinson (R-Miss.) was arrested and charged with sodomy in a public men’s room in the Longworth House Office Building. In 1976, he was charged with committing an obscene act at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Hinson was married.

Rep. Bob Allen (R-Fla.) was convicted of soliciting sex in a park bathroom in 2007. He offered an undercover officer $20 to perform oral sex. Allen maintained his innocence although he was fined $250 and given six months probation. He consistently voted against any LGBT legislation.

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was caught in an airport bathroom soliciting sex in 2007 and was arrested for lewd conduct. Craig was named in a book by Henry Vinson as a frequent customer of his male prostitution ring. His wife stood by his side each time he denied the charges.

And the biggest brain Texas ever sent to Congress, Louie Gohmert, (R-Tyler) said, “in the seventh grade if the law had been that all I had to do was say, ‘I’m a girl,’ and I got to go into the girls’ restroom, I don’t know if I could’ve withstood the temptation just to get educated back in those days.”

Of course, sex in bathrooms aren’t the only things anti-gay Republicans in Congress have been caught doing.

Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Virg.) was caught on tape in 2004 soliciting sex from a male prostitute.

Rep. David Dreier, (R-Calif.) voted against a number of gay rights proposals and then was outed in 2004 for having a relationship with his male chief of staff .

Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned his House seat in 2006 after sending sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages.

But, of course, it’s bathroom safety we’re concerned with.

So let’s compare this record from Congress with arrests of transgender people in bathrooms. Here’s a complete list of crimes committed by trans folk in public restrooms:

Ummmm …. sorry, I got nothing. Probably because it’s never happened.

So shouldn’t North Carolina and Mississippi change their laws to protect us in bathrooms by banning congressional Republicans from using public restrooms? Or at least insist businesses and public accommodations provide separate facilities for those people?

—  David Taffet

Eight-year old transgender activist wants to purchase house across from Westboro


How could you deny Avery Jackson her vision to create a Transgender House across from Westboro Baptist Church?

Avery Jackson, an eight-year-old transgender child, wants to help a LGBT nonprofit do something bold: purchase a house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.

Planting Peace, which wants to buy the property, already manages the neighboring Equality House. The house, painted the colors of the rainbow, was founded in 2012 to counter the Westboro Baptist Church’s angry message with love and compassion and serve as a symbol to the LGBT community that they are not alone.

With another house now available next to the church, Avery and Planting Peace need to raise $70,000 via the fundraising website CrowdRise platform. The goal for the transgender house is to continue the organization’s LGBT equality efforts. It will be painted blue, pink, and white – the colors of the transgender flag.

Avery was the inspiration for establishing the house, Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson said in a statement.

Avery first visited the Equality House when it was painted with the colors of the transgender flag. After hearing Avery describe how the house made her feel proud to be transgender, Aaron realized the need for a transgender house.

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Avery and Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace.

“I was deeply touched when Avery visited us and said it brought her joy and gave her confidence. She inspired us to partner with her to create a symbol of support for the transgender community by expanding the Equality House and permanently painting our neighboring house the colors of the transgender flag,” Aaron said.

“The Equality House has always been a positive, iconic landmark for LGBT people to visit,” said Debi Jackson, Avery’s mother. “I would love to see a Transgender House embraced the same way – with enthusiasm, love and pride.”

“We’ve painted the house the colors of the transgender flag each year to honor the transgender community, and specifically, those who have taken their lives because of violence and bullying,” Aaron said.

Having a house next door painted blue, pink, and white would make the annual tradition instead a daily one.

—  James Russell

Georgia gov vetoes discriminatory bill and Lambda Legal sues North Carolina


Gov. Nathan Deal

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a discriminatory “religious protection” bill that’s been sitting on his desk for several weeks after passing both houses of the Georgia legislature.

“This is about the character of our state and our people,” Deal said. “Georgia is a welcoming state full of kind and generous people.”

Well, actually it was about money. The state’s major corporations — OK, not Chik-fil-A — but the state’s other major corporations and employers threatened to pull business from the state. Disney, for example, which does quite a bit of filming in the state, said it would move production elsewhere.

“Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to,” Deal said according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way.”

North Carolina

Lambda Legal is representing Equality North Carolina in a suit against that state’s new anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this month.

Lambda Legal represents Joaquín Carcaño and Payton Grey McGarry, who are trans, and a lesbian named Angela Gilmore.

“This outrageous new law targets them for no reason other than prejudice and puts them at risk every day for simply living their lives — for going to work and school,” Lambda Legal Legal Director Jon Davidson wrote in a press release. “Let’s be clear: HB2 violates the constitution and federal law.”

Once this gets to the Supreme Court, the discriminatory law will be thrown out and the LGBT community will be given more rights than the North Carolina legislature ever thought of taking away. That will take several years. In the mean time, I reached out to Lambda Legal to find out if they’ll be filing an injunction preventing the law from going into effect while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: South Dakota legislators fail to override governor’s veto

CcpddBRVAAAHQo9The South Dakota legislature failed to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would have restricted use of bathrooms by transgender students today (Thursday, March 3) by a 36-29 vote.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed the legislation on Tuesday, March 1, after meeting with transgender South Dakotans. In his veto message he said the legislation “does not address any pressing issue.”


—  James Russell

S.D. governor vetos anti-trans legislation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would restrict use of bathrooms by transgender students, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Daugaard decided to veto the legislation after meeting with transgender South Dakotans and realizing they presented no threat. In his veto message he said the legislation “does not address any pressing issue.”

The law would have been a first of its kind by legislating bathroom use by anatomy and targeting minors.

“Thank you Governor Daugaard for meeting with transgender people to see through their eyes that they are our friends, family, and neighbors, worthy of the same fair treatment and dignity as everyone else,” said Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation. “The more people get to know about the real lives of transgender people, the more empathy prevails. All students, including transgender students, should be able to fully participate and have a fair opportunity to thrive in school.”

“We salute Governor Daugaard for meeting with students and listening to the concerns of legal experts and medical professionals about the serious harms caused by denying students equal access to all school programs and activities,” said Erik Olvera, communications director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “School policies should be based on evidence, not irrational stereotypes and fears, and should support the health and well-being of all students.”

—  David Taffet

A transgender discrimination case with a quick, happy ending

KFC_LogoGeorgia Carter, a transgender woman, was hired by a Richmond, Va., KFC and then fired within an hour, because of her gender identity, according to an ABC News report.

The restaurant’s manager of the location initially said he fired the woman because he didn’t know which bathroom she would use. Then he said she was fired because her gender was listed as male on her identification. He said if her gender was changed, she could have the job. Finally, he said she only had an interview and was never hired.

When KFC’s corporate office was contacted, a spokesperson made it clear the company doesn’t tolerate discrimination.

“KFC will not tolerate discrimination. The franchisee terminated this manager & Ms Carter was offered a job at any Richmond KFC,” KFC tweeted.

So the manager was fired by the franchisee and Carter has a job.

—  David Taffet