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Battleground: Bathrooms

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 3:48 pm (UTC-4)
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America’s culture wars have a new battlefield: the bathroom.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2 was passed in March. It requires people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate.
That means, if someone was born a boy, they can only enter men’s restrooms, even if they have fully transitioned to the opposite gender. The same goes for women now living as men.
Transgender people say this discriminates against them and puts them in physical danger.
The U.S. Justice Department evidently agrees and has notified North Carolina’s governor that House Bill 2 violates the Civil Rights Act and other federal anti-discrimination laws.
Supporters of the law say it is simply designed to protect women and children from sexual predators. They say child predators might simply act transgender in order to get access to children in public restrooms.
So far, there have been no documented incidents of this happening in the 12 states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books.
North Carolina officials have been given a deadline of Monday to decide whether they will enforce House Bill 2, or risk forfeiting billions of dollars in federal aid.
10 months after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage throughout the United States, transgender rights may be on a trajectory that could land it on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Bruce to Caitlyn: Transgender Goes Mainstream in US

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 4:45 pm (UTC-4)
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With a glamorous photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine, former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn. Jenner’s public stature has helped push the issue of gender identity into the spotlight — and, some say, into mainstream acceptance.