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MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Blasts GOP-Led Effort To Repeal Maryland's Transgender Rights Law: VIDEO


On May 2, MSNBC's Ronan Farrow and transgender activist Mel Wymore discussed the Republican-led effort to repeal Maryland's newly-passed transgender protections.

Media Matters notes:

The fact that a major cable news outlet took the time to cover the fight over a state's transgender protections is remarkable. Aside from the transphobic panic attacks that occasionally flare up on Fox News, stories about the transgender community's fight for equal treatment don't typically get much national media coverage.

During the segment, Farrow and Wymore also discussed the U.S. Department of Education’s recent application of Title IX protections to trans students, India’s creation of a third gender option for trans and non-gender conforming people and Katie Couric’s invasive interview questions about trans actress Laverne Cox’s genitals.

As for the bill itself, on March 27th, the Maryland legislature passed a bill outlawing gender identity discrimination in education, housing, and public accommodations, and it now awaits Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature to become a law.

The law is supposed to go into effect October 1st, but if a new website belonging to Republican State Delegate Neil Parrot (X) successfully collects 55,736 signatures by June 30, he could get a proposed repeal of the law on the state’s November ballot.

Parrot has called the trans-protection bill “a bathroom bill,” employing the oft-used trans-phobic canard of men in women’s dresses sexually assaulting women and girls in public toilets.

Of such scare tactics, Media Matters further notes:

the claim that non-discrimination laws will be exploited by sexual predators is demonstrably false. In state after state with non-discrimination laws already on the books, experts have found no evidence whatsoever that protections for transgender people lead to increased incidences of sexual assault in bathrooms. In reality, transgender people are disproportionately victims of violence and harassment in public restrooms.



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  1. Is it me or is the ballot measure being advertised on Towleroad to repeal the law? lol

    Posted by: Anon8215 | May 5, 2014 8:08:43 PM

  2. I was delighted to hear about the repeal effort. Trans activists disparaged our effort to win marriage equality. Not only did they do nothing to help, they urged people to vote no.

    We won anyway. Now it's payback time.

    Trans activists think that LGBs are not allowed to pursue gay civil rights or equality unless their efforts are stuffed with trans issues. If the trans activists aren't satisfied, then they actively oppose and undermine gay civil rights. At the same time, they think that they are perfectly free to pursue trans-only issues without a care in the world for LGBs. No more of this exploitative, parasitic relationship. LGBT is a sham and needs to end.

    Posted by: Debs | May 5, 2014 8:14:12 PM

  3. You know, I've seen this fight before. In the early 90's, I was a member of a Gay and Lesbian Square Dance Club in LA [and I still am]. We had new dancer show up, who already knew how to dance and liked to dress up in "traditional" square dance attire. She wasn't the prettiest worman, but Connie was one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.

    We had to have a club meeting on whether Connie could use the Women's Bathroom. Our "factory-equipped" women were in the very same bathroom uproar as the GOP is exploiting in this fight. Connie presented a California Drivers License, with an "F" in the sex spot. We said, "Case closed. The state calls her a woman.

    Connie has, I believe, now matched her external appearance to that F [it was just because hormonally she was female at that time], but 20 years later, this all sounds like the same base fear to me, just in a different part of the women's community.

    It is also the same tactic they used to pass Prop 8 in CA, they scared Soccer Moms in the Bay Area. Education is what is important and it never stops.

    Posted by: ben~andy | May 5, 2014 8:19:17 PM

  4. Debs, I have no idea what you are talking about? What do you mean trans activists en mass campaigned against marriage equality in Maryland? Can you enlighten me as to what you are arguing, or are you really just trolling??

    Posted by: Anon8215 | May 5, 2014 8:23:05 PM

  5. Anon, it's just trolling. Whoever it is that posts the same transphobic crap as Debs and a ton of other names always says the same exact thing and always just repeats themselves when they're asked to show proof of their silly claims.

    Posted by: JMC | May 5, 2014 9:14:24 PM

  6. The opposition's logo is a hoot! Looks more like something The Onion would come up with.

    Posted by: Bill | May 5, 2014 11:24:44 PM

  7. I wondered which trans-hater would post first. And the winner.....er.....loser....is Debs.

    Posted by: ScottCA | May 5, 2014 11:31:15 PM

  8. Ronan is incapable of "blasting" anyone. Just because he would look sexy in a blonde wig and pale pink lipstick, his "boots aren't made for walking."

    Posted by: GB | May 6, 2014 1:38:52 AM

  9. Why are trans issues being reported on a gay site.

    I wish the T commuity success but their campaign has nothing to do with LGB rights and has no relevance to us.

    It is time to drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 3:49:11 AM

  10. Oh and whoever thinks that the desire to split the LGB and the T is the work of a troll - think again.

    LGBT was foisted upon us with no debate.

    Now that we can see the vicious homophobia of so many trannies - their use of the word 'cis' (aka sissy) as a slur is a good example - we can also see that the LGB and the T movements need to be split.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 3:52:07 AM

  11. I'm not Debs but I am from College Park. And what she said is 100% correct. Trans activists did oppose marriage equality in 2011 and 2012 as a way to punish LGBs for having the audacity to put their families' interests ahead of transgender bathroom usage. These folks demand that all gay groups prioritize transgender issues but they brazenly operate their T-only groups and don't give a rat's behind about LGB issues. I believe that the founder of one of the most influential trans blogs, the Transadvocate, explicitly called for the MD legislature to vote down marriage equality and there were plenty others.

    It's disgusting. And it seems pretty obvious that to an extent, Ts use us and don't respect us at all. I'll vote no on this if it makes it to the ballot, which it probably won't.

    Posted by: Hank | May 6, 2014 4:17:08 AM

  12. Trans activists hysterical abuse of their allies is the reason that I have completely lost interest in their cause.

    If they are going to act like aggressive truckers towards well meaning people, then they have no-one to blame but themselves for their lack of progress.

    And where is the national debate about whether or not it is time to split the LGB and the T.

    Drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 6:07:37 AM

  13. Funny how another 4-5 comments show up and nobody actually manages to yield any proof that the horrible trans folks hate LGB folks. Googling what little info that was provided (trans advocate founder, 2011-2012, Maryland marriage equality) completely failed to produce any results-which is probably why these people can never provide a source for their claims beyond "I remember this happened that one time, because of who's-their-face".

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | May 6, 2014 9:29:39 AM

  14. MaryM, rot in hell.

    Posted by: Mikey | May 6, 2014 9:37:04 AM

  15. TheDrDonna - the word 'cis' is used by T-folk as a slur. The aural resemblance to 'sissy' is no accident - it is designed specifically to be a homophobic slur.

    And in the same manner that no-one asked the LGB community about whether T issues and LGB issues should be regarded as interchangeable, the T-folk foisted the homophobic slur 'cis' on us without our consent.

    T issues and LGB issues need to be split. It is not remotely transphobic to say that.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 10:41:56 AM

  16. When is HRC and GLAAD and AFER etc going to start the debate about the splitting of the LGB and the T movements?

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 10:44:46 AM

  17. I think everyone in our movement deserves respect. If you disagree with one part of this group that is fine. But do not be disrespectful of each other. I am sure there are lots of instances on both sides of disrespect and active hate. This needs to stop. We are not the enemy. The religious right, the bigots, the Repuglacan party are the real enemies.

    Every time we get into one of these internal squabbles they are gleeful.
    And just because one side did something in the past that was hurtful to us does not make it okay to seek revenge or act exactly the same way they did.

    Lets act the way we want to be treated. Lets meet hurtful behavior with correct behavior. Do not fall into the trap of tit for tat responses to slights either real or imagined. Just keep your eye on our goals. The rest of this stuff are distractions. Don't get sidetracked!

    Posted by: Liam | May 6, 2014 11:04:43 AM

  18. MaryM, I'm sure that the heterosexual, cisgender sexologist Volkmar Sigusch was intending that exact purpose when he first used the word in 1991, three years before it showed up in trans-centric internet boards.

    Also, still avoiding giving any sort of corroboration of the claims about trans folk opposing gay rights? Probably because that "evidence" exists only in hearsay and the fevered imaginations of transphobes.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | May 6, 2014 11:47:03 AM

  19. MaryM, I'm sure that the heterosexual, cisgender sexologist Volkmar Sigusch was intending that exact purpose when he first used the word in 1991, three years before it showed up in trans-centric internet boards.

    Also, still avoiding giving any sort of corroboration of the claims about trans folk opposing gay rights? Probably because that "evidence" exists only in hearsay and the fevered imaginations of transphobes.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | May 6, 2014 11:47:03 AM

  20. Ronin Farrow is a rodent.

    Posted by: enchantra | May 6, 2014 12:21:48 PM

  21. MaryM might take a hate-break and look to Wikipedia among other sources:

    "Cisgender has its origin in the Latin-derived prefix cis-, meaning "on this side of," which is an antonym for the Latin-derived prefix trans-, meaning "across from" or "on the other side of". This usage can be seen in the cis-trans distinction in chemistry, the cis-trans or complementation test in genetics, in Ciscaucasia (from the Russian perspective) and in the ancient Roman term Cisalpine Gaul (i.e., "Gaul on this side of the Alps"). In the case of gender, cis- is used to refer to the alignment of gender identity with assigned sex."

    Posted by: ScottCA | May 6, 2014 12:53:36 PM

  22. "Strength is beautiful"

    Isn't that a Nazi concept?

    Boko Haram is strong. But they are not beautiful.

    Posted by: Randy | May 6, 2014 1:41:49 PM

  23. TheDrDonna - you agree I hope that it is not remotely transphobic to split the LGB and the T, don't you.

    Seeing as there was never any debate about whether these 2 movements needed to be lumped together.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 7, 2014 5:58:52 AM

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