Dana Beyer: A Big Week For Transgender Progress

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Dana Beyer’s weekly Huffington Post column talks about the federal government’s move against the North Carolina “bathroom bill,” and Ted Cruz’s last stand in Indiana, which was based almost exclusively on trying to monger up some new bathroom fear, which utterly failed.

Indiana first:

The past 24 hours has presented America with the Trans Political Tipping Point. Calling Ted Cruz’ loss in Indiana — Indiana!! — “a strange electoral victory” for the trans community, Dave Weigel of The Washington Post discussed how Cruz had made “men in the women’s bathroom” the theme of his last stand in the presidential race. Kerry Eleveld discussed the Indiana situation in greater depth. The takeaway – in spite of using red meat for his evangelical base, they still rejected him, ending his quest for the presidency. Even the mainstream media has been paying attention, including Megyn Kelly on Fox and Jake Tapper on CNN. It looks like even cis people need to relieve themselves while they’re out in public, too. We could not have conceived such a strange turn of events, stunning in both its breadth and depth, with cis, straight allies doing the work we’ve long refused to do for ourselves.

And North Carolina, where Governor Pat McCrory got the business end of a large stick from the Obama Justice Department.

Dear Governor McCrory:

This letter is to inform you that the Department of Justice has determined that, as a result of compliance with and implementation of North Carolina House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), both you and the State of North Carolina (the “State”) are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. (“Title VII”). Specifically, the State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the State are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of Title VII rights by transgender employees of public agencies.

Not a bad week at all.

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