Thursday, April 5, 2018

Updates

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, appear to have defeated a ballot measure that would have required transgender people to use only those bathrooms, locker rooms, or other “intimate spaces” that match their biological sex at birth, rather than the gender by which they identify.

About 16,000 ballots have been received by officials but have not yet been counted in Anchorage’s first election using vote-by mail. Updated results are expected to be posted later Wednesday, according to the Anchorage Daily News



As of Wednesday morning, the “no” side — opposing the anti-transgender restrictions on public, shared facilities — was leading “yes” by about an eight-point margin, 53.9% to 46.1%, among the pool of votes that had been tabulated. Due to the mail-in ballots yet to be counted, the Fair Anchorage campaign, which is fighting against the measure known as Proposition 1, has said it does not expect to call the race until April 6
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Plus:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee bill that would have required the state attorney general’s office to defend local school districts over their bathroom policies with transgender students appears dead.

The measure failed to make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday amid concerns that it could prove costly. One of the provisions of the measure allowed school districts to use private attorneys if the state attorney general’s office didn’t want to take the case. Some lawmakers saw it as a gift to lawyers."


Finally! A couple small steps forward!




2 comments:

  1. It is still a bit concerning to me that 46% of the people don't want me in "intimate spaces." Of course, I'm curious how that 46% is divided between men and women, because I'm more sensitive to how the women feel about me being in women's spaces. I have to believe, though, that the measure would be voted down even more significantly had it been for restrooms only.

    I haven't been in any locker room for years. I remember, as part of my high school football team, the visiting team would use the girls' locker room, and those were the only times I have been in one. Even when presenting as a male, I appreciated the individual and private showers those locker rooms afforded - compared to the military-style open showers in the boys' room. I wonder if there are a lot of men who don't know about this difference, and think that there is not even an opportunity for discreetness for a trans girl to keep her penis out of sight from others. Still, while I feel at ease using a public ladies' restroom, I know I would be apprehensive, should I ever use a ladies' locker room. In all of the debating that has taken place over this issue, it is very seldom that I hear the argument that most trans women don't want to out themselves by showing their genitals, anyway. I know that I would object to one who did, myself, so I do have some compassion for those who (crudely) want to keep penises out of women's "intimate spaces." Unfortunately, there are a few crude trans women, too.

    I think that we'll be seeing these measures up for a vote many more times. While it may be good that the laws tend to go in our favor, though, I don't know how long it will take for the attitudes of nearly half of the population to change.

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  2. I, like you, have no desire to use a women's locker room and especially parade around naked. As we both know, though, there are plenty of crude trans women to keep these issues front and center. No pun intended !

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