I received this email today from the Arizona Counselors Association - I have sent a letter to Mr. Kavanagh, who drafted this "strike everything" amendment to Senate Bill 1045 expressing my concerns around legalizing discrimination against anyone who does look or identify as strictly male or female by traditional standards.
If you are a counselor or even a concerned citizen in Arizona, please write to one the representatives below.
Social Justice Action
Transgender SB1045 - No Loo 4U
Re: SB 1045
Who: All Mental Health Professionals
When: ASAP, prior to March 27th 2pm
How To: See Below
No Loo 4U
The Appropriations Committee will be hearing a strike everything amendment tied to SB 1045 proposed by state Representative John Kavanagh. The strike everything amendment is clearly targeting and discriminating transgender individuals and is an affront to civil rights and human rights. The Government Relations/Public Policy Committee and AzALGBTIC of the Arizona Counselors Association are asking that Professional Counselors, Counselor Educators, and Counseling Students write the members of the Appropriations Committee expressing their reasons that they vote "NO" on the Kavanagh Amendment. As counselors, part of our identity is addressing oppression and abuses of power and privilege, this is an opportunity for counselors to practice Social Justice. Please take a few minutes and write to the Appropriations Committee.
This is a link to read the strike out amendment:
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.
Please send your emails to the members of the Appropriations Committee before 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Chairman: John Kavanagh (R) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5170
Vice-Chair: Justin Olson (R) email@example.com 602-926-5288 https://www.facebook.com/justin.olson.779?fref=ts
Lela Alston (D) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5829 https://www.facebook.com/lela.alston.5? fref=ts
Rick Gray (R) email@example.com 602-926-5993 https://www.facebook.com/rickgrayaz? fref=ts
Michelle Ugenti (R) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-4480 https://www.facebook.com/michelle.rita.ugenti?fref=ts
Paul Boyer (R) email@example.com 602-926-4173 https://www.facebook.com/pauldboyer? fref=ts
Adam Kwasman (R) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5839 https://www.facebook.com/AdamKwasman?fref=ts
Chad Campbell (D) email@example.com 602-926-3026 https://www.facebook.com/chad.campbell.52687?fref=ts
Stefanie Mach (D) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-417-3126 https://www.facebook.com/StefanieMachAZ?fref=ts
Thomas Forese (R) email@example.com 602-926-5168
Andrew Sherwood (D) firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3028 https://www.facebook.com/sherwood.andrew?fref=ts
I would also copy your state Senators and Representative by using the link below to find out who they are:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Elizabeth Forsyth (email@example.com), or Chad Mosher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your efforts to stand for justice and equality,
Gordon Gray and Elizabeth Forsyth (President of the Arizona Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling- AzALGBTIC)
Gordon Gray II
Government Relations/Public Policy Chair
AzALGBTIC Bylaws Chair
Arizona Counselors Association
P.O. Box 38652
Phoenix, AZ 85069