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Study finds no link between transgender rights law and bathroom crimes

Why am I not the least bit surprised.  Maybe 50 years of dealing with reality rather than Christo-Fascist Reich wing propaganda (TERF Bullshit)

From The Boston Globe:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/11/study-finds-link-between-transgender-rights-law-and-bathroom-crimes/1YWqSptLXOSiobmbH0RBMM/story.html

September 12, 2018

A first-of-its-kind study being released Wednesday refutes the premise that the state’s transgender antidiscrimination law threatens public safety, finding no relation between public transgender bathroom access and crimes that occur in bathrooms.

Researchers at the Williams Institute, a think tank focused on gender identity at the UCLA School of Law, examined restroom crime reports in Massachusetts cities of similar size and comparable demographics and found no increase in crime and no difference between cities that had adopted transgender policies and those that had not. The data were collected for a minimum of two years before a statewide antidiscrimination law took effect in 2016.

Activists who want to undo that state law through a ballot question in the Nov. 6 election have focused their campaign message on bathroom safety concerns. They suggest that a new right for transgender people infringes on everyone else’s privacy rights, and could be abused by men who want to prey upon women and children in ladies’ rooms. The vote is being closely watched nationwide because it offers the nation’s first public referendum on transgender rights in the state that first introduced gay marriage.

Transgender activists bristle at the idea that the campaign casts them as potential sexual offenders and have argued that there is no evidence that the law threatens anyone’s safety.

A spokesman for the Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign, which is working to preserve the law, said the Williams Institute study reaffirms that stance.

“It really takes the wind out of the sails of our opponents who have been trying to paint this false picture,” said spokesman Matthew Wilder.

Yvette Ollada, a spokeswoman for the “Vote No on 3” campaign, said she could not speak to the study before reviewing it, but she questioned its objectivity since the opposing campaign was anticipating its release.

“If it’s unbiased, wouldn’t they send it to both campaigns?” Ollada said.

Continue reading at:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/11/study-finds-link-between-transgender-rights-law-and-bathroom-crimes/1YWqSptLXOSiobmbH0RBMM/story.html

Florida Sees Fifth Homicide of Trans Woman This Year

From The Advocate:  https://www.advocate.com/crime/2018/9/13/florida-sees-fifth-homicide-trans-woman-year

London Moore, 20, was found shot to death Saturday in North Port.

By Trudy Ring
September 13 2018

A transgender woman was shot to death Saturday in North Port, Fla., marking the 20th known homicide of a trans American this year.

London Moore, 20, was found dead in an undeveloped area of the town, according to local media, which initially deadnamed and misgendered her. Her car was found in a different location the next day, reports southwest Florida TV station WINK.

Police called the killing an isolated incident and said they believe the victim knew her attacker, who remains at large. Activists, though, pointed out that Moore’s death is part of a cycle of violence against transgender people, especially women of color, and should be investigated as a hate crime.

Hal Trejo of All Rainbow and Alllied Youth Inc. noted that Moore is the fifth trans person murdered in Florida this year. Three were in Jacksonville and one was in Orlando. “So we see it’s a huge crisis and needs to be addressed and talked about,” Trejo told another area TV station, WBBH.

Police are reserving judgment. “We have no information at this point that it was a hate crime,” Joshua Taylor of the North Port Police Department told WBBH. “However, it’s on the table; certainly it could come out that way. Part of figuring out why it was done includes talking to who did it. We have to get to that point.”

We Must Expand Social Security!

They gave this huge tax break to the ultra rich.  Every one said it will send the National Debt through the ceiling.  It did. Now the rich prick Republicans want to screw over poor and working people to give the rich an even bigger tax cut.

How many 25,000 square foot mansions and 300 foot yachts do these rich bastards need.  It is like they are rubbing our noses in it. Roll back the tax breaks on the rich plus add ten percent more to their taxes.

They should remember what happened to the Romanov dynasty and to the French royals.

The poor need to start reading Thomas Paine.

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Online Misogyny Is Hate Speech

From Moment:  https://www.momentmag.com/opinion-online-misogyny-is-hate-speech/

September 6, 2018

For women who work or spend time online, the idea that online misogyny is dangerous seems like basic common sense. Female journalists, politicians, celebrities and other women with work-related internet presences often face daily harassment, hacking or doxxing—the release of their private information, including phone numbers and home addresses. The hostility is often only loosely, if at all, tied to a woman’s specific work or actions; rather, the mere act of occupying public space seems to be the crime. That level of harassment is increased many times over for women of color.

Whether because of the anonymity, or the nature of internet echo chambers—where people’s thoughts are parroted back to them with no opposition—bigots of all stripes have felt emboldened to share their hate not just within but also outside the “manosphere”—that too-flippantly-named area of the internet designated for those who want to mourn and seethe over what they see as the theft of their masculinity.

So it surprised me that it’s taken this long for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to issue a report officially condemning misogyny in the same way it has other forms of violent hate speech. Until now, the ADL’s “Women’s Equity” category was limited to gender bias, pay inequality and fighting gender stereotypes. It’s about time somebody highlighted the genuinely hazardous aspects of extreme misogyny.

The new report pulls together research establishing a direct connection between misogyny and white supremacy, anti-Semitism and other forms of violent terrorism and says misogyny should be considered “a dangerous and underestimated component of extremism.” It explores the ways misogyny is expressed, both in person and online, and offers a useful taxonomy: There are the men’s rights activists (MRAs), who believe feminism has resulted in discrimination against men; the self-proclaimed “involuntary celibates” or “incels”; and the self-described “pickup artists,” who believe, as the report puts it, that date rape is “not only defensible, but is a skill that can and should be taught.” All of these types of men express ideas stemming from a core set of beliefs: that men are entitled to women’s attention, both emotional and (especially) sexual, and that feminism is a specific evil designed to deny them that right.

The ADL says it intends to continue investigating “the ways in which people in the white supremacist, incel and MRA orbits feed and inform one another’s poisonous hatred of women.” This could actually help. For far too long, these men have been written off as fringe types or as all talk. What few have officially recognized—except for women who have been on the receiving end of this hate—is that this sort of online misogyny can also have serious real-life implications.

Continue reading at:  https://www.momentmag.com/opinion-online-misogyny-is-hate-speech/

Trans 101 #4: ‘TERF’ is Not a Slur