From the Dallas Voice:
Later today the Dallas ISD’s board of trustees will vote on a bullying policy that, if approved, would make the district the first in the state to specifically outlaw bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Obviously one of the keys here is gender identity/expression, which covers not only students who are transgender, but also students who are perceived by classmates as not meeting gender stereotypes. Clearly, this is a major factor behind bullying — students who are made fun of, for example, for being “sissies” or “tomboys.”
So why, then, would a state representative who is considered an LGBT ally file an anti-bullying bill that includes sexual orientation but NOT gender identity/expression?
Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, last week filed HB 224, this session’s version of the comprehensive anti-bullying legislation that Strama authored in 2009. But for some reason, and we still aren’t exactly sure why, Strama has left out gender identity/expression this time. The 2009 version of Strama’s bill, HB 1323, which almost made it to the House floor, included both sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. However, this year’s version includes only sexual orientation.
We contacted Strama’s office on Wednesday, but we still haven’t heard back. Earlier today we spoke with Chuck Smith, deputy director of Equality Texas, who assured us he’s well aware of the omission. Smith said “gender identity/expression” was in every version of Strama’s bill that Equality Texas reviewed, but suddenly disappeared from the version that was filed.
Because it all depends on what the definition of “ally” is.
Just like it all depends on what the definition of “progress” is.
When people of the HRC mindset – you know, people who have been ‘educated’ as to what sort of legislation is acceptable – get to define such things, racists like Alphonse D’Amato suddenly become ‘allies’ and a backlash to gay marriage that might erase existing trans right suddenly become ‘progress.’
Rep. Mark Strama, who’s considered an LGBT ally, may not realize how big a mistake he’s making by omitting gender identity/expression from his bullying bill.
Now, I haven’t lobbied in Austin in a while, but my eyes and my nose still work.
And I detect a rat in that big granite thing on Congress Avenue (well, another rat; Rick Perry’s hair and brain have been scampering around there for a decade already.)
HRC proper may not be there, but the acceptability that it has countenanced for the last several decades is.
Trans-positive things may well get included in bills by accident on occasion, but when they are absented it is on purpose – and the absenting is always drenched in gay greed.
Send appropriate thank yous to Elizabeth Birch, Winnie Stachelberg, Hilary Rosen, Barney Frank and all of their apologists.