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Bathroom Bigotry and the Next Battle for Transgender Rights

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If you want to know what some people think about transgender people, consider their comments about the bathroom. Right, the bathroom—bathroom use to be specific. Here are a couple of examples: From former Arkansas Governor, former Fox News talk show host and soon-to-be-former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: “For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances that say that your 7-year-old daughter—if she goes into the restroom—cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”  Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister (at least I think he’s…

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What will it take to end discrimination against our 15,500 transgender service members?

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It was certainly cause for celebration when President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen certified congressional legislation to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) and the discriminatory policy was terminated on September 20, 2011. However, the termination of the policy applied only to gay, lesbian and bisexual service people. Transgender people and intersex people are still banned from serving in the Unites States military, not by law but by military policy. Both groups of people are deemed unfit for military service not for any demonstrable deficiency in their ability to serve but solely because of their respective gender identities, which are pathologized by the military as disorders. There…

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