Friday, March 07, 2008

"Transgender Rights & Hate Crimes" Bill Must Be Defeated

Oppose Bill H1722, the “Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes” bill. The Judiciary Committee will decide before March 19 whether to pass this bill onto the legislature for a vote. Go to our action page to contact the members of the Committee.

Bill H1722 would add the essentially undefined phrase "gender identity or expression" to many existing Mass. statutes, opening the door to unimaginable perversions played out in public – and the public will have no right to object. H1722 would:

  • add a new category of persons (falling under the undefined phrase “gender identity or expression”) to those receiving special protection under Massachusetts “hate crimes” statutes.
  • make it a "civil right" to cross-dress in public places or on the job, and a "civil right" to receive sex-change procedures in all hospitals;
  • open up restrooms and locker rooms everywhere (including public schools) to persons of the opposite sex;
  • force all businesses to accept cross-dressing and transgenderism (including sex-change transitions) among their employees (or clients), and eventually to include bizarre "health coverage" in employee benefits packages;
  • force public schools to include "transgender" education at all levels, and make any complaints criminal (as incitements to discriminate);
  • make it criminal discrimination to refuse to rent to a transsexual-related business or transgender person in your own property, or even to speak out against this in your own neighborhood (even if next to a church or school);
  • make it criminal discrimination for a financial organization to refuse a loan to a transsexual-related business;
  • give state sanction to dangerous surgical mutilations and hormonal manipulations of people suffering from a recognized psychiatric disorder, with unknown long-term health consequences;
  • deny religious exemption except for an organization "which limits it membership, enrollment, admission, or participation to members of that religion" (thereby not exempting most religious schools, or businesses owned by individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, etc.)