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Eugene

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Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:07 PM Feb 16

West Virginia bill defining gender is transphobic and 'political rubbish,' Democrats say

Source: Associated Press

West Virginia bill defining gender is transphobic and ‘political rubbish,’ Democrats say

BY JOHN RABY
Updated 4:32 PM EST, February 14, 2024

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican-supermajority House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday to narrow the definitions of gender that Democrats label as a dystopian bill that would give women no additional rights and is a way for the GOP to suppress transgender people.

The bill passed on an 87-12 vote and now goes to the GOP-dominated Senate.

“I cannot believe we’re doing this on Valentine’s Day,” said Democratic Del. Kayla Young, of Kanawha County.

The legislation says “equal” does not mean “same” or “identical” with respect to equality of the sexes. It would define in state statues and official public policies that a person’s sex is determined at birth and that gender equity terms may not be substituted. It also would establish that certain single-sex environments, such as athletics, locker rooms and bathrooms, are not discriminatory.

During a public hearing at the state Capitol last week, dozens of speakers condemned the “Women’s Bill of Rights,” with many transgender people saying it promoted transphobia. ...

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/west-virginia-womens-rights-bill-f12cdbbb21b55f9bd10c6ac75e68a366

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West Virginia bill defining gender is transphobic and 'political rubbish,' Democrats say (Original Post) Eugene Feb 16 OP
They need to be sent back to school Jilly_in_VA Feb 16 #1
Sex is a binary; gender is a range, an array, a kaleidoscope of expression Charging Triceratops Feb 16 #2
While visiting WV we were in Dollar General (only store in town) and a young woman with two small children was twodogsbarking Feb 17 #3

Jilly_in_VA

(9,956 posts)
1. They need to be sent back to school
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 03:18 PM
Feb 16

Gender is a whole lot more than a simple X or Y chromosome. What do they propose to do about intersex people? Anyway, there are not only XX and XY, but XXY and XYY and a whole host of other combinations thereof. There's that pesky little SRY gene that attaches to your chromosome (I forget now which one but I think it's the X) and can actually determine, possibly, whether you might be cis or gay or trans or maybe asexual or something else. They all need to go back and take a human biology course with a competent teacher before they ever think about passing a law like this again.

Why can't RepubliKKKans get their heads out of other people's underpants and bedrooms?

2. Sex is a binary; gender is a range, an array, a kaleidoscope of expression
Fri Feb 16, 2024, 04:13 PM
Feb 16

But that's simply way too complicated for West Virginia minds.

twodogsbarking

(9,707 posts)
3. While visiting WV we were in Dollar General (only store in town) and a young woman with two small children was
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 01:36 PM
Feb 17

wearing a shirt that said "What the fuck are you looking at?" Another WV moment. The people need help bad and worse yet is they don't know it.

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