Georgians Respond to Transgender Bathroom Guidance

The guidance offered by the U.S. Department of Education drew reaction today from members of the Georgia congressional delegation, as well as a statement from Georgia’s largest school system.

39 members of U.S. House, including five members of the Georgia delegation, sent a letter to President Obama asking that the guidance be rescinded. The letter reads:

We are extremely concerned with the recent directive from your Administration threatening legal action against or denial of congressionally appropriated funds to local school districts that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender. We ask that you rescind your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law.

To date, neither statute nor legal precedent has extended civil rights protections based on gender identity. Furthermore your actions threaten to infringe on the constitutional right of Congress to appropriate funds. We view this as an effort to implement your administration’s political agenda outside the bounds of the law and against the will of the American people.

The letter was the brainchild of 1st District Rep. Buddy Carter. Other members of the Georgia delegation signing the letter include 9th District Rep. Doug Collins, 8th District Rep. Austin Scott, 3rd District Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, and 7th District Rep. Rob Woodall.

Meanshile, Gwinnett County Public Schools issued its response to the federal guidance. The district said that it believed Congress or the courts would ultimately resolve the issue. until that happens, the district said, local schools and districts are responsible for handling it with common sense and sensitivity. In the end, the district will continue to follow its current practices:

As we intentionally work to provide a supportive, inclusive learning environment for every student, we employ proven, common-sense practices designed to accommodate as fully as possible the needs of our large and diverse student population. We believe our current practice is reasonable, logical, and workable, and therefore, it should not be uprooted by what we consider an overreach by two federal agencies. After carefully considering the issue, GCPS will continue to provide students with sex-designated restroom facilities, while offering gender neutral facilities to any student who does not wish to use the restroom facility designated for his or her biological sex.

Will that be enough to mollify critics’ concerns? The Gwinnett School Board meets this Thursday, and the United Tea Party of Georgia sent an email to its members saying it intends “to get a group together and let them know that we demand they stand up to the Federal Government and refuse to allow boys (and men!) into our girl’s bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.”

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Robbie
Robbie

I’m not sure how many times I can make the same comments in response to transphobic/anti-trans lawmakers, so let’s just assume I’ve cut and pasted all of the facts from every other post again. This all boils down to the fact that these lawmakers (and many people) just don’t like transgender people, and they believe that if they make their lives even more challenging by legislating against them, they will disappear, which is obviously absurd.

Davo65
Davo65
Noway2016
Noway2016

You keep drinking that trans gender kool aid, Rob. Folks don’t hold anything against people who identify as such. Their opposition is the the law of unintended consequences that will allow boys/men to threaten the safety of girls/women by being able to barge in and violate their privacy. End of story. But by all means violate the right to privacy of 160 million females in this country for three tenths of one percent or 700k people! Yeah, that sounds like great policy! Bizarre!

Robbie
Robbie

You keep peddling that myth, but you and I both know there’s no truth to it whatsoever. Truth is, you (and they) just don’t like transgender people and don’t want them to be treated with dignity or equality under the law. The arguments have been recycled over the decades – first they were used against integration, then against gay people, and now trans people. There’s no truth to them, but the fear and hate is the same.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Oh, Rob, one of Left’s foot soldiers is now an admitted liar. Tried to ruin Whole Foods. What a respectable individual.

http://www.vice.com/read/gay-pastor-admits-he-lied-about-the-slur-on-his-whole-foods-cake-vgtrn

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If he was a true “foot soldier” he wouldn’t have gone after the most respected institution in liberalism behind NPR.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway, thanks to Dennis Hastert it’s now more likely that a little boy is going to be molested in the bathroom by a GOP lawmaker. Maybe we should focus on keeping them out of the bathrooms before we go focusing on the trans community.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I think you made a typo. I think you meant that little boys are NOT gonna be molested since Dennis is headed to the big house…I wonder if we might apply your prohibition to Catholic priests as well?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No typo. I’m saying that, mathematically, your odds of getting molested by a Republican lawmaker are higher than your odds of getting molested by a transgender person. Look, not all Republican lawmakers are child molesters. I don’t want to be labeled a bigot, I assume there are Republican Congressmen who think about things other than molesting little boys. But some GOP lawmakers were child molesters and some GOP lawmakers could be if only given the opportunity. Therefore, we should make sure they’re forced into their own bathroom. Do you see the absurdity of your argument yet?

Noway2016
Noway2016

No absurdity whatsoever, Drew. You don’t read my posts well. I have no doubt that no woman or girl will ever be molested by a trans person. It’s the boys and men who WILL abuse the law who I’m wanting to shield the nation’s females from. Very simple, really. I’m not willing to put at risk half of our population for the comfort of three tenths of one percent.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The only “risk” women face is the risk that a man will leave the toilet seat up.

Whenever a new gun control regulation is proposed, I hear the same argument: “no mater what safeguards or regulations you put in place, if someone wants to commit a crime with a gun, they will find a way to get one.” This situation is no different. If a sexual predator wants to assault a woman in a women’s restroom, a little sign on the door is not going to be a deterrent.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sez you… “If a sexual predator wants to assault a woman in a women’s restroom, a little sign on the door is not going to be a deterrent.” Well, hell, let’s just make it easier for that sexual predator to do his thing! Now, he won’t be as likely to be questioned when he goes into a restroom or locker room. Just like the San Bernadino neighbor who saw the suspicious activity didn’t want to “profile” the radical Islamic folks, now people don’t wanna be called bigots and the predators know it… You have an agenda, just like Robbie. That’s… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) It’s Curt Schilling. I get that he was a Phillie and a Red Sock but you could at least get the name of your supposed martyr right. Geez.

2) This doesn’t make it “easier” for a sexual predator to “do his thing.” The same criminal deterrents are still in place. It does, however, make it harder for those individuals who enjoy sexually assaulting trans people to “do their thing.”

3) You don’t need a bathroom to creep on little girls. Just ask the presumptive Republican nominee:comment image

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ah, Drew, the Spelling Police..LMAO!! Truly a saber-like comeback!
And with a gen-uine sexual predator like the presumptive Democratic nominee’s husband, do you reallllly want to go there?!
“Welcome gentleman to The Pedophile Plane…your 14 year old stewardess will be with you shortly”
Truly pathetic…

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

It’s interesting you use the “Right to privacy of 160 million females” argument. I may be stepping out here but I’m going to assume you don’t apply that same standard to all 14th amendment cases regarding women’s issues. Also, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say “push the DOE to provide language on where you can pee” wasn’t penciled into Obama’s May agenda back when he was setting up his final year’s goals. Any casting of blame in this mountain-ing of mole hills debate should probably be leveled to the NC General Assembly. Lower jurisdictions (Charlotte) always… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell me what other women’s issues you’re thinking about, Jack?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

THE women’s issue that’s basically served as campaign fodder since 1973. But regardless of where YOU stand on that issue, the language being used in opposition to the transgender bathroom-rights is strikingly similar to the language used in support of Roe.

But deep down there really isn’t much reason for us to debate this. I’m with Will that issues like this (and RFRA, etc.) are butterflies. Pure distractions that have absolutely little or no impact (NC HB2 apparently isn’t even enforceable) that sadly keep everyone’s attention when there are bigger fish to fry. Fund-raising butterflies…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Can you get more into the abortion issue, Jack? You’re perturbed about something. let’s talk about it.

ljrflyusmc
ljrflyusmc

Where is 14th district’s Tom Graves?

Will Durant
Will Durant

It’s an election year boys and girls (and one out of a million tweeners). Let’s make a molehill out of this ant hill. It’s so much more important than healthcare, taxes, #1 in incarcerations, Supreme Court nominations…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Agree! Why then is Obama issuing edicts telling the nation’s schools to fall in line? Seems to me the Top Lib just “mountained” it.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The Legal reason the DOJ is going what its doing… The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled a Virginia school district was wrong to forbid a transgender student from using the boys’ restroom in late April. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/federal-appeals-court-sides-with-trangender-teen-says-bathroom-case-can-go-forward/2016/04/19/6a873b88-f76b-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html Thus that becomes the national standard for civil rights unless SCOTUS takes the case, (which they stated yesterday they would not). The DOJ asked NC to conform to the federal standard, They refused, Now NC and DOJ are suing each other. In the mean time DOJ and the DOE issue out memos based on the federal legal standard set by the… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Serious question: when did the the Tea Party shift from caring about taxes to caring about bathroom laws?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Serious answer: There is pushback when a President bent on homogenizing every aspect of culture tells local communities they must accept those that do not want to conform to the social division of boys and girls rooms based on biology or loose their allowance.

To assist with legal definitions on transsexuals and transgenders:

http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/T/Transsexual.aspx

So when the law begins to be based on personal feelings………..

Robbie
Robbie

This “definition” is really bad.

And when you say “feelings” you seem to imply that someone goes back and forth on any given day about who they are – and while it may seem that way to you because you don’t understand, it’s certainly not true.

The Right thinks “stop being who you know yourself to be” is a valid argument. They’ve tried that argument time and time again, and every single time, they lose, and they look like fools.

History doesn’t look kindly upon Southern lawmakers who fight against civil rights for their own constituents.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I don’t have the time to respond to you today, I am out supporting young ladies (in the news) demanding their civil rights to go shirtless.

elfiii
elfiii

Some of the responses in this thread are Exhibit A for the case there are a lot of sick people who aren’t transgendered or whatever other moronic PC term we are using to define deviants these days.