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The Arizona State Legislature: Say “No” to Arizona Legislation SB1045


This is my (hurried) attempt to bring to light a measure that some of AZ's legislatures are underhandedly attempting to push into law.   \

*edit* This first legistlation initially failed, so as a result it was reworded and refanged.  As of last night it officially passed and will be continuing on to the house to be considered.  Please do what you can do bring this travesty of a law to the forefront!

 

As best said by writers at Wingspan.org

"Say “No” to Arizona Legislation SB1045

 Rep. John Kavanagh has found a new home and new language for his attack on transgender people. It is now SB1045; we are dubbing it the “No Loo For You!” bill. Essentially the bill invites harassment and degradation of transgender people when they try to use a public restroom or try on clothes, by explicitly removing all protections for them state wide.

The bill will be heard before the House Committee on Appropriations today, Wednesday, at 2PM in the House of Representatives building on the north side of the plaza in front of the capital. It will be in room HHR1, which is a small room only sitting roughly 60 members of the public. We must make sure that room is packed with our people, and last week the room was completely filled by 12:45. We need people there by noon to pack the place. If you want to speak, bring something with you to put in your chair to hold it, go claim your seat, and then come out and register to speak. Seat first, then register, then socialize until the meeting starts. We need everyone there to show undeniably that we care and we will not idly sit as power hungry legislators trample on our rights.

 

What can we do?  

  • Attend the rally at the State Capitol at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007. A caravan will leave Wingspan to go up at 9:30 a.m.

 

  • Share this information with your friends and family and help get the word out in our community.
  • Please call and/or write to committee members today:

Chairman: John Kavanagh (R) jkavanagh@azleg.gov  602-926-5170
Vice-Chair: Justin Olson (R) jolson@azleg.gov  602-926-5288
Lela Alston (D) lalston@azleg.gov  602-926-5829
Rick Gray (R) rgray@azleg.gov  602-926-5993
Michelle Ugenti (R) mugenti@azleg.gov  602-926-4480
Paul Boyer (R) pboyer@azleg.gov  602-926-4173
Adam Kwasman (R) akwasman@azleg.gov  602-926-5839
Chad Campbell (D) chcampbell@azleg.gov  602-926-3026

Stefanie Mach (D) smach@azleg.gov 602-926-3398
Thomas Foreset (R) tforese@azleg.gov 602-926-5168
Andrew Sherwood (D) asherwood@azleg.gov  602-926-3028

 

Also please think about caravaning up tomorrrow. I”ll post an update soon about where to meet and what timeA repost of an alertIn case anyone on this list hasn’t heard, Rep. John Kavanagh has found a new home and new language for his attack on transgender people. It is now SB1045; we are dubbing it the “No Loo For You!” bill. Essentially the bill invites harassment and degradation of transgender people when they try to use a public restroom or try on clothes, by explicitly removing all protections for them state wide.

The bill will be heard before the House Committee on Appropriations tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2PM in the House of Representatives building on the north side of the plaza in front of the capital. It will be in room HHR1, which is a small room only sitting roughly 60 members of the public. We must make sure that room is packed with our people, and last week the room was completely filled by 12:45. We need people there by noon to pack the place. If you want to speak, bring something with you to put in your chair to hold it, go claim your seat, and then come out and register to speak. Seat first, then register, then socialize until the meeting starts. We need everyone there to show undeniably that we care and we will not idly sit as power hungry legislators trample on our rights.

In the mean time, please write the members of the committee expressing your opposition to this hateful bill.

Chairman: John Kavanagh (R) jkavanagh@azleg.gov 602-926-5170
Vice-Chair: Justin Olson (R) jolson@azleg.gov 602-926-5288 https://www.facebook.com/justin.olson.779?fref=ts
Lela Alston (D) lalston@azleg.gov 602-926-5829 https://www.facebook.com/lela.alston.5? fref=ts
Rick Gray (R) rgray@azleg.gov 602-926-5993 https://www.facebook.com/rickgrayaz? fref=ts
Michelle Ugenti (R) mugenti@azleg.gov 602-926-4480 https://www.facebook.com/michelle.rita.ugenti?fref=ts
Paul Boyer (R) pboyer@azleg.gov 602-926-4173 https://www.facebook.com/pauldboyer? fref=ts
Adam Kwasman (R) akwasman@azleg.gov 602-926-5839 https://www.facebook.com/AdamKwasman?fref=ts
Chad Campbell (D) chcampbell@azleg.gov 602-926-3026 https://www.facebook.com/chad.campbell.52687?fref=ts
Stefanie Mach (D) smach@azleg.gov 602-417-3126 https://www.facebook.com/StefanieMachAZ?fref=ts
Thomas Forese (R) tforese@azleg.gov 602-926-5168
Andrew Sherwood (D) asherwood@azleg.gov 602-926-3028 https://www.facebook.com/sherwood.andrew?fref=ts

Here are some talking points you can pick and choose from:

There is no problem for this bill to solve. There are no cases of transgender people causing problems in “private” spaces. It is unnecessary and only promotes discrimination. Instead of the government protecting the most vulnerable, this only encourages people to bully them.

This law tries to single out transgender people with targeted discrimination. It serves no purpose but to deny a specific minority with rights others enjoy. Such laws are unconstitutional.

This is fear mongering, a victimization of transgender people. The problem isn’t them, it’s other people’s irrational and unjustified fear. Legislating discrimination against the innocent to satisfy the irrational fears of the privileged is the worst kind of discrimination.

This bill is written with the presumption that transgender people are inherently dangerous and society needs to be protected from them. There is no rational basis for this.

Transgender people are struggling with a recognized medical condition, they face horrible levels of discrimination, and most of them live in poverty. This just encourages people to pick on the weakest among us. This is bullying in law.

Transgender people are the most murdered minority in America. We are the ones who need protection. Others do not need protection from us. Laws like this promote the hate that gets people killed.

Everyone has a gender expression, not just transgender people. This makes it legal to humiliate men for having long hair by forcing them to use a women’s room, or degrading women who wear pants by pointing them at the men’s room.

This bill in no way addresses physical anatomy, which is what Kavanagh claims it is about. It just characterizes all transgender people as deserving denial of access to all private places.

Last week, Mr. Kavanagh said all transgender people should be in jail. This week he says they should just be degraded and humiliated when trying to use a public restroom. Perhaps next week he will actually get to know one of us and realize that we are just people. You are rushing in and passing laws on something you know nothing about. This is not governance.

This is an inappropriate revision to the law to be coming out of Appropriations. This law has absolutely nothing to do with government expenditure and is nothing but condoning of discrimination in the private sector.

If we stick together and use our heads, we will win this. If not tomorrow then before it becomes law, but we have to fight it every step of the way.

 

For more information, please contact:

Rae Strozzo

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Program Coordinator, Wingspan

(520) 624-1779 x120, rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

 

Casey Chimneystar Condit

Programs Manager

Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s LGBT Community Center

(520) 624-1779 x127, ccondit@wingspan.org"

Letter to
The Arizona State Legislature
Say “No” to Arizona Legislation SB1045