Bathroom Battles: Scaremongering Abounds About Transgender Public Restroom Usage

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As of the time of this writing, HERO is the law of the land in Houston. No Unequal Rights dropped off 5,000 pages of signatures for a petition, hoping to have the ordinance placed on the ballot this November instead of seeing it become law through a vote by City Council. According to the city charter, the group needed a minimum of 17,269 valid signatures -- 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election -- to get such an initiative on the ballot.

The final tally fell short by 2,000 once signatures like non-registered Houston voters and people who did not sign the petition themselves were eliminated.

"I fully expect the petitioners will want to fight this decision at the courthouse," Parker said in a press conference. "I am confident the courts will agree that the rules set out in our charter and state law to protect the integrity of the process should be followed and that the results of our review will be upheld. The judicial review will provide additional assurance to the voters that the process has been fair."

Dave Welch of the Houston Area Pastor Council, who helped lead the repeal effort, has vowed to take the issue to court. He framed his comments regarding the issue not in terms of fear over where transgender people can go to the bathroom but as simply a matter of voters' rights.

When asked if HPD had seen any increase in assaults by transgender men since the passage of the ordinance, Silva stated that the department had not, nor was it planning any sort of action in anticipation of such an increase.

"Mostly you see things like people taking cameras and such into bathrooms to film people," she said. "Sometimes they dress as women. That sort of thing happens, and it's still against the law."

Alexis Hollada still runs into problems herself. She makes it a point to keep her Facebook page very open as a way to engage metal fans who may be transphobic in hopes of educating people on the issue. As a transwoman in a very masculine music genre and a figure of some fame since she had a day declared in her honor by Mayor Parker last year, she sometimes serves as a lightning rod for the scared and angry.

She recalls an online conversation with a woman appalled that Hollada might be in a bathroom with the woman's daughter. Hollada assured her that she had no interest in molesting the woman's daughter.

"Who said anything about molesting," replied the woman. "I just don't want a penis in there. I think it's wrong."

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HatersWillLose
HatersWillLose

More hate from Houston's Kool Aid drinking Christian Taliban Preachers Association. All the mega church morons and Second Baptist Busy Bodies joined up with the hateful Hispanic holy rollers and the really shortsighted (we got our civil rights, *F you gays!) African American religious goon squad with all their fancy mail order titles like Bishop/ Apostle/ Preacher/Reverend/Dr, etc. to make up more lies and hate about the special people that their/our  GOD created.  - Gays, Lesbians, Transgender ed, etc. 


These crowd is embarrassing to our diverse community. They are hateful, homophobic, unchristian, and evil. They contribute to GLBT youth homelessness and suicide with their constant hatred.  They are the reason American kids are running from the Church (read the Pew Report, idiots) 


I think that God has a very special plan and place for them all. 

sexikelli.rlc
sexikelli.rlc

Most children who suffer from gender identity disorder do not grow up to be transgender but become homosexual and bisexual adolescents and adults instead", according to Olson.


I would like to see the actual data on this.  Gender Identity and Sexual Attraction are two entirely different subjects which she seems to tie together in one sentence.  Makes me question the validity of any conclusion she is making.


There are transgender women who are still attracted to women only.  Personally I do not know any transgender men attracted to men, but I am sure there are some.  Many become heterosexual in their new gender. To generalize that most children who do not go through with gender transition but have the Gender Identity disorder become homosexual or bisexual is incorrect and sets stereotypes that are hard to overcome.  Many still stay attracted to the opposite sex of their birth gender.  Where is this coming from?

emilydt
emilydt

So wait, was it the drummer or bass player she was with??

Schitt.C.Rumpney
Schitt.C.Rumpney

Here's what makes me laugh at these prejudiced "opposers":   they 'aint' scared to pull out the DAIRY UNITS right in the middle of a mall or shopping center or even a 'Targets',  imposing on OUR RIGHTS to not want to see their over-the-shoulder-boulders stretching while we are trying to enjoy a lunchbreak!



The laugh comes in when "they" claim 'their' rghts are imposed' just because theres a unisex bathroom!  These restrooms already exists!  If you dont like to use it,  then hold it long enuff to go to a different place!   This is a diverse world - get used to it!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

I genuinely don't understand why anyone cares about this; it's not a big deal. Just mind your own business especially in the bathroom.

eric
eric

@HatersWillLose  And you call them hateful?  Wow, your post was one of the most hateful I can recall.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@HatersWillLose They think that by slapping on some skinny jeans, the kids will come back. Look at that young bigot featured in these pages recently, it was funny/pathetic how he tried to gussy up the old-school bigotry with a "cool" facade.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@emilydt She was with her drummer. She is the vocalist and bass player

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@bdamages After reading the article, "hateful or abusive content" sounds about right.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@bdamages That Gavin guy is as skeezy as you can get. Started at vice and now does the rounds of red eye, the depressing late night show on fox news.

madmabel
madmabel

@gossamersixteen They use fear and ignorance because these are the only weapons they have.


What the citizens of Houston need to know is that laws similar to HERO have been in effect for many years in many places.  Minneapolis was the first, outlawing discrimination in 1975.  In all that time there have been NO instances of a man cross-dressing to invade the lady's room.


NONE.  If such were to ever occur existing laws making the things they predict have been sufficient for many years.


The effort to overturn HERO is just a way of trying to make prejudice law.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@JefWithOneF @bdamages No one is paid to provide the solipsistic, navel gazing content at though catalog. Seriously, they put out some of the worst crap on the internet, and I'm including 4chan on that list.

bdamages
bdamages

@h_e_x @bdamages Apparently he was an owner of Vice and was bought out for enough money that he doesn't give a damn,  More interesting to me is that we seem to have arrived at a place where any public discussion suggesting there's something seriously wrong about being "trans" makes one a pariah. 

h_e_x
h_e_x

@bdamages @h_e_x I think it's about time it happened. Vilifying transgender people is nothing new, and the fact that they are becoming more accepted is a wonderful sign of progress, because it means that more people are being treated with the dignity that every person deserves.

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