The Christian Family Coalition Hates Transgender People Too

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LGBT Hater Anthony Verdugo
While Miami-Dade residents are gearing up to celebrate American Independence, the Christian Family Coalition is making sure one group of people don't get to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In response to a proposed amendment to the county's human rights ordinance that would protect transgender folks from discrimination, Coalition executive director Anthony Vedrugo is rallying his Holier-Than-Thou band of racists to show up for the commission's Health & Social Services Committee hearing on July 8 when the measure will be discussed publicly.

Verdugo fired off emails on Wednesday to his "Christian" brothers and sisters, warning them the Miami-Dade County Commission "wants to pass a dangerous law that will force all places to open bathrooms and dressing rooms to 'transsexuals.'"

For good measure, he included the racist image below:

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Apparently, Verdugo went to the Joseph McCarthy School of Shameless Scare-Mongering Propaganda. It's not the first time the Christian Family Coalition has used smear tactics to prevent members of the LGBT community from having the same protections against discrimination that straight people have. In the Nineties, Verdugo and his mob did everything they could to prevent gay people from being included in the county's human rights ordinance, which offers people protection from being discriminated against in the workplace and in finding a place to live.

According to the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, there are approximately 5,020 to 20,080 transgender persons living in Miami-Dade County.

The county is now looking to add transgender persons based on the findings of a 2011 study by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force that offered a bleak assessment for the transgender community. The two groups interviewed 6,450 transgender people across the nation, finding that 90 percent of the respondents reported experiencing harassment, mistreatment or discrimination in employment. Nearly half of the survey takers, 47 percent, reported that they experienced an adverse job outcome such as being fired, not hired or denied a promotion. And 53 percent of the respondents reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in places of public accommodations, such as hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and governmental agencies.

The study further showed that the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural racism was especially devastating for all respondents, but even more so for transgendered people of color; that the respondents lived in extreme poverty; and that a staggering 41 percent of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6 percent of the general population.

Miami-Dade government is simply following, and rightfully so, in the foot steps of the federal government and other local jurisdictions in Florida. Earlier this year, for the first time, Congress extended protections to transgendered and gender non-conforming people, who are victims of domestic and sexual violence and President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women's Act, which now offers protections against discrimination based on gender identity in those programs that receive federal funding.

What's more, 14 Florida counties and cities, including Broward and Palm Beach counties have extended protections based on gender identity or expression.

H/T: Eye On Miami.

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missysbow
missysbow

Here, I have something for these haters to suck on... suck on this: http://wp.me/p3TYdy-i

I HATE RELIGION. THEY START WARS, HATE, SEPARATION... THEY ARE LOST, THEIR BIBLES ARE FULL OF SH*T AND INCONSISTANICES, THEY'VE BEEN PROVED WRONG SO MANY TIMES, ESPECIALLY FROM A SCIENTIFIC POINT OF VIEW. THEY ARE TWO FACES, BIAS, HATERS, JEALOUS AND HYPOCRITES, AND THEY PASS THESE DISEASES ONTO OTHERS. And from a scientific point of view and religious point of view, I'm going to prove that many Christian retards are wrong again, all you have to do is read my article and find out for yourselves. My article is not based on opinions, IT'S BASED ON FACTS, accept it or suffer in your tiny ways of thinking. Gender is not only a physical thing, for those idiots who think so, even though many transgender women have female feature and female body parts.

SonyaArtist
SonyaArtist

On the "red hot" bathroom topic, It seems that the eyeonmiami link's commenters have come up with an idea (OK ... borrowed from Japan and Germany ... have unisex bathrooms with privacy stalls ... that way all can enjoy decent lighting and larger mirrors.  Make note tho, this bill has to do with housing equality (full text of bill available at http://eyeonmiami.blogspot.ca/2013/07/i-knew-christian-family-coalition-was.html as an embedded object).

dr.judymeissner
dr.judymeissner

Hey, Francisco, your humorous attack note against local Human Rights organization, Christian Family Coalition, was obviously written in jest, right? We all know the world can certainly use more satire. Bravo, Francisco!

Nonetheless, to allay any concerns readers may have about your attack note, will you kindly share with us copies of the prank attack notes you have no doubt also written on the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force?

Oh, and just to play along, had you intended for your little note to be taken seriously, even in some small measure, here’s a response something along the following lines:

  The suggestion that the Christian Family Coalition is “one group of people don't get to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is farcical. As is evident from your own note informing that the Miami-Dade County Commission indeed "wants to pass a dangerous law that will force all places to open bathrooms and dressing rooms to 'transsexuals.'"

  By contrast, the Christian Family Coalition position is as reasonable as could be expected from any respectable Human Rights and Social Justice advocacy organization. The fact is that “Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” are not scientifically demonstrable, genetically determinable, nor objectively definable biological realities.

  According to the American Psychological Association “gender identity” is an individual’s personal opinion or perception of what their sex is, and “gender expression” are the external characteristics and behaviors socially identified with a particular sex. In both instances, so-called “sexual identity or expression” are not scientifically demonstrable facts or genetically verifiable realities, but merely an individual’s particular opinion of their sex or their sex’s characteristics.

You tell us, please. Should the government allow anyone to claim, demand or be granted a legal benefit, privilege or so-called “right” based on their alleged so-called “expression,” personal opinion, or subjective perception of whatever sex they want to be? Since when is a our sex a "flavor-of-the-day" thing? Do you actually want to believe that sex is NOT a readily knowable, scientifically demonstrable, biological reality?

 Why not be honest? Why not admit that this ordinance is really ideologically-based, has nothing to do with human rights, has nothing to do with discrimination, imposes an internationally-pushed, ideological agenda that does nothing but discriminate against everyone while undermining public safety and welfare?

hunk19721212
hunk19721212

What a colorful article, definitely not written by a sincere journalist.Why is attending a political or social rally hateful?Why is Verdugo's picture racist?  Is this a gender issue or a race issue? Go back and read your own writing and explain what race transgender people are to me or you’re guilty of writing crap.Why is every issue about equality or is the equality battle cry a sure fire way to legitimize whatever end we seek?Why do you reference the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership for statistics?Are you trying to correlate AIDS to transgender people?Is this a precedent to things to come?Is bestiality and legalizing sex with minors on the agenda?This country knows no boundaries and seeks only to satisfy its insatiable lust for self-fulfillment by legitimizing issues that translate to laws that are an offense to social norms and decency.If the sexes can share shower rooms what keeps me from riding the rail to work nude?That would make you happy wouldn’t it?Where do we draw the lines? Many are concerned with environment and preserving nature.What is so natural about transgender living? I’m not religious.Sexually based preferences should be treated like religion.Tolerated, but not law and not government sanctioned.Last, you’ve dished out a lot of garbage on religious people in your article.I have some religious neighbors that are absolutely terrific.Who is the hater in this article?You?Who is the discriminated in your article?

SonyaArtist
SonyaArtist

The concept of denying someone, like myself, safe housing or basic Human Rights because of their gender identity is horrific.  Australia has passed laws giving protection nation wide, Canada is about (fingers crossed) to pass a similar bill, and Ontario (Canada) has had anti-discrimination laws for trans persons for over a year.  We also have had "gay marriage" for over 10 years, and the sun still rises, the crops did not fail and the bathrooms are not filled with people who are interested in children - rather people interested in taking care of their business in a safe manner.

jlmo123456
jlmo123456

I don't believe in the invisible guy in the sky story, but what about the rights of employers and property owners. If you establish a business  or pay actual money for a property shouldn't you be allowed to use some discretion  as to who to hire fire or rent too. 

We must preserve a modicum of common sense on both sides of this issue, those who posses male anatomical parts should not be allowed in the Lady's room or vice versa. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time... But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy chit!

dr.judymeissner
dr.judymeissner

@hunk19721212

You make excellent points that are totally ignored by our buddy Francisco. 

Individuals can behave or act the sexual role they freely and voluntarily choose, but should society be forced to approve or privilege an individual’s freely chosen sexual behavior or so-called “identity or expression”? Most especially when this sexual behavior or so-called “identity or expression,” is biologically incorrect, morally deviant, ethically objectionable, medically unhealthy, and, not to mention, opposed to reality?

 Objectively speaking, a human being’s sex, as age, race, and ethnicity, among other traits, is a precisely determinable genetic fact; it is a scientifically demonstrable biological reality. As such, like it or not, sex is immutable; it can never be changed. While an individual's physical appearance can be cosmetically changed or modified, or they can change their personal opinion about their sex, their DNA, or chromosomes, can never be altered or changed. It is what it is! 

Keep up the good work!

SonyaArtist
SonyaArtist

@hunk19721212 Also you are right, the "racist" term is incorrect.  Sexist isn't quite right, but I think the original poster was trying not to call it what it is transphobia - an irrational fear of, and/or hostility towards, people who are transgender or who otherwise transgress traditional gender norms.  It seems more polite than saying a person is prejudice or misogynistic.

SonyaArtist
SonyaArtist

@hunk19721212 I am not the original writer, but I would like to respond to 2 points you made, and perhaps suggest about a 3rd.

The comment about HIV/AIDS being a source, perhaps because that organization is good at stats?  not sure - but I have read literature on many topics where they reference numbers from a distant source that provides decent records.

"Sexually based preferences should be treated like religion.Tolerated, but not law and not government sanctioned."

I partially agree - by my stance is we should not have to have laws giving status to citizens, giving them "equal" protection under the law as other groups.   The trans community is NOT asking for "special" rights, just human rights.  Under DSM-5 (the psychological play book), transgender is not looked on as a disorder, but rather a "dysphoria" - a state of being clinically unhappy about ones gender.

"Last, you’ve dished out a lot of garbage on religious people in your article."

The most vocal opponent of any LGBT request for equality seems to be "right wing" religious groups.  Some groups make others look really bad, but most main stream groups support human rights for all groups of humans, without prejudice  about race, birth or origin, or gender.  Should women get paid the same as men for equal work?  Yes!  Should an applicant who is better experienced or educated for a job get it without concern the colour of his or her skin?  Definitely!  Then why should it matter what is "in the person's pants" whether or not they can apply for housing?

In the large majority of US states, trans persons have NO protection about being fired because of transitioning, can be denied housing or medical care (even if  more than able and willing to pay), being denied medical insurance coverage.  All because when born, a woman was labelled "male" on birth registry because the doctor's call in examination after birth.  If the person is "inter-sexed" (born with both genders), the doctor decides which gender is most appropriate and removes the other - often without parent's consent.

Penn. Sen (Simms) said "Each of us put our hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. We did not place our hands on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." - essentially the law should be based on the laws of the land - constitution, bill of rights and freedoms, etc, and not the Bible. 

dr.judymeissner
dr.judymeissner

Sonya, no one is denying anyone "safe housing or basic Human Rights because of their sexual identity," as you claim! Please stop using hyperbolic, sophomoric, emotional, hysterical arguments to support your position, because they only undermine it.

 Nobody has said that you cannot behave or act whatever sex or sexual role you freely and voluntarily choose. The question is: Should society be forced to approve or play along with your freely chosen sexual behavior or so-called “identity or expression”? 

 The only rational and reasonable answer is NO. Does that mean you are going to get any human rights taken away from? Again, the only rational and reasonable answer is NO.

Objectively speaking, your sex, as well as your age, race, and ethnicity, among other traits, is a precisely determinable genetic fact; it is a scientifically demonstrable biological reality. As such, like it or not, sex is immutable; it can never be changed. Unfortunately for some, you don't get to pick your sex, your age, your race, your ethnicity, etc. It’d be great if we could, but we simply can’t.

Our sex, age, race, ethnicity, etc., are what they are and everyone, absolutely everyone, must deal with this reality. Misrepresenting any of these immutable traits is universally considered fraud.

While your physical appearance can be cosmetically changed or modified, or you can change your personal opinion about what sex you are, scientifically speaking, your DNA, or chromosomes, can never be altered or changed. It is what it is! And, like I said, everyone must deal with this reality.

You have my fullest respect. I wish you the best!

hunk19721212
hunk19721212

@SonyaArtist @hunk19721212 Thank you for a concise and unloaded response.  I agree, I do not believe in bashing anyone.  However, I see how new legislature can be seen by non-transgender people as a violation of privacy concerning the use of restrooms.  The rights of one are fine, so long as they do not violate the rights of another and the right to use the potty on the basis of identity over chromosome seems to slant in favor of personal preference over non-transgender rights (I do not identify with my own sex, therefore I prefer to...).  Last,  I know if I was still 15 I'd banter transgender injustice to share a shower with the high school girls.  That's pure chromosomal speak -  In other words, this issue will become more complex.  Have a great 4th everybody!

SonyaArtist
SonyaArtist

@hunk19721212 it is very complex.  As you might have guessed, I am trans.  I have been on hrt for a month and have done they shrink thing, the unpositive doctor thing, the hoops.  I am not sure what is more uncomfortable tho,  As I mentioned in another thread, would having an attractive woman in a short dress in the "men's room" make you uncomfortable?  The "trans" diagnosis is much more than  claim injustice, hormones cause chemical castration and severe erectile difficulties (I am not sure how many men would volunteer for this *giggles), the "stigma" of trans effects relations with families (many of us are very much alone and many are homeless).  Untreated, over 40% attempt suicide because something is wrong and they can't get the help they need (among cis population the % is less than 10).  but yes, it is a complex issue, and no one will be 100% happy with results, or a group will be 100% happy and the other group will be living a daily hell (that goes both ways).  My main thought tho is to leave the protection up to the politicians and keep the Bible out - it is not a religious issue, no matter how many claim it is, it is a Humanity issue.

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