This article over at Bilerico should not be missed. A rising star in the Michigan “Greediest of People” or GOP party is making a run for Secretary of State by changing Michigan’s policy to allow transgender people to have their sex changed on their driver’s licenses. Representative Paul Scott campaigns by writing:
I’ll make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance.
One of my best friends, here in Tulsa, is an African American transgender woman. My journey with her has opened my eyes to the insidious nature of transphobic discrimination, and has further sensitized me to cheap punches, like this one. Not to mention, we are all aware that an assault on the trans community is just another attack on the LGBT community, in general. This kind of outrage mustn’t go unanswered:
“It’s a social values issue. If you are born a male, you should be known as a male. Same as with a female, she should be known as a female.”
When asked to explain how such a mandate from the Secretary of State would benefit Michigan, he said it was about “preventing people who are males genetically from dressing as a woman and going into female bathrooms.”
Ah, yes, the ol’ standby. The scary bathroom argument to inject over the top fear mongering into a conservative campaign. Keri Renault does a great job dissecting this issue.
Playing the bathroom card is nothing new. It’s time-tested, social conservative fear-mongering. However, Scott also demonstrates confusion discerning between gender, a state of the mind, and sex, a manifestation of biology expressed in physical characteristics. Not so good when you’re representing or misrepresenting constituents.
But why let semantics get in the way when might is right, right?
Representative Paul Scott needs to be defeated at all costs.