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A Truly Stupid Example of Transphobia

Timothy Kincaid

January 10th, 2009

Gainesville, Florida, has an ordinance allowing transgender persons to select whichever bathroom they find most appropriate. The haters and the fools have come up with a campaign to overturn this ordinance and to require transgendered persons to… well, I’m not sure exactly.

This is the television ad they are running:

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Transgender persons – like any group – are too complex to make many absolute statements. But I’m willing to say with absolute confidence that there is not a single solitary male-to-female transgender out there that lurks around in public looking like this guy. And there isn’t a police force on the planet (much less Gainesville) that wouldn’t arrest this dude.

Ironically, however, this appearance would not be out of the question for a female-to-male transgender. And I just wonder just which bathroom the Citizens for Good Public Policy would want him to use.

Of course, their effort have nothing to do with where a T-girl pees. It’s just a cover for an anti-gay, anti-trans agenda.

The proposed amendment, if approved by the voters of Gainesville, will require the city’s civil rights categories (contained in the Code of Ordinances) to match the State of Florida’s civil rights categories. This action will remove two current categories—sexual orientation and gender identity disorder—as well as nullify current laws, such as the Gender Identity Ordinance, that specifically pertain to these categories.

The Good Citizens just want to have the right to discriminate.

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a. mcewen
January 10th, 2009 | LINK

well that ruined my night. one thing – the ad is so outrageous it may work against the group. i can only hope so.

Yuki Choe
January 10th, 2009 | LINK

If this ad were to be repackaged with a young transsexual female entering the ladies first then the “creepy man”, it can even place a strong case out on why there needs to be a safe place for transsexual females to pee. That fella could be a transphobic murderer at worst. But I believe any sane person whould not buy the ad as it is now, as a sign of people like US entering a ladies washroom and being a threat to young children. Because they made that fella SO OBVIOUSLY a man for all to see. Unless they wish to imply that gay men would enter the ladies, which would actually be quite safe. ;-)

Jaft
January 10th, 2009 | LINK

I think we’re giving the public too big of trust that they even know what a transsexual is. Scare tactics like this work precisely because people have no clue what they are fighting against.

One of the reasons Trans issues need far more attention, in my personal view. But still, the arguments they put forth are going to make sense to the masses without question, simply because of mass ignorance.

Tavdy
January 11th, 2009 | LINK

The Good Citizens just want to have the right to

claim trans & genderqueer people aren’t real, just like they claim that gays don’t really exist.

The Trans Scare | The Transadvocate
January 12th, 2009 | LINK

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Ephilei
January 13th, 2009 | LINK

I’m not sure what the law is in Gainseville, but if it’s like most places the person must use the bathroom consistent with their gender presentation. Ie, if you look like a man, you can’t use the women’s room. Legally, it’s a non-issue.

I have never heard of such a problem arising. Unfortunately, there’s never been a study to say conclusively. YET! There’s one going on as we speak tho. On the other hand, many, many transwomen have been attacked in bathrooms when forced to enter the men’s room. So they care more about their comfort level than the ACTUAL safety of others.

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