Monday, August 4, 2008

Religious Right Targets Transgender Community

This morning's Washington Examiner includes a front-page story about the effort, in Montgomery County, Maryland, to roll back legal protections for the transgender community. Right-wing groups, the paper reports, are pushing a November ballot initiative to repeal a measure that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, public accommodations, and other services.

The effort, at least one right-wing activist organization admits, is being considered as "a template" for other, similar efforts across the country. Focus on the Family, and other groups, are waging similar battles in Colorado and Florida.

"Since Minnesota outlawed discrimination against transgender people in 1993, 11 other states and the District have followed suit, as did more than 90 cities and counties," the Examiner notes.

In fact, more and more Americans support efforts to protect transgender Americans from discrimination. But, as PFLAG pointed out to the paper, some activists are no doubt hoping to use the transgender community to bolster their own get-out-the-vote efforts.

"As the public becomes far more accepting of gays and lesbians, the religious right is looking for a new way to drive out their support base at election time, and they think this is going to be it,” PFLAG said.

To read the full article from this morning's Examiner, click here. And for more on how fair-minded Marylanders are fighting the November initiative, visit Equality Maryland online.

Update: You can join the debate about this morning's Examiner article over at the Vigilance blog.

1 comment:

Kelli Busey said...

Transgender people have become the target of bigots who seek to use us a a means to produce hate votes in November.
I would appreciate it if HRC would shut up that tired old "they just don't know about transgender" spiel. We have always been at the forefront of social change.