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The TeleTalk question: Is anti-discrimination protection for transsexuals a relevant issue for New Hampshire?
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It's a relevant issue.
Transgenders are fired for transitioning. Or not hired. They are denied housing. Sometimes they pass just fine, and are accepted as the gender they are presenting (female-to-male transgenders, especially.) But then somehow their trans history becomes known. Coworkers suddenly shun them and treat them as second-class undesirables with impunity.
The trans worker is no less able to carry out their job than they were before the 'discovery'. But now, coworkers can treat the trans-person in a disrespectful manner, bosses can demote/discipline/fire the trans person, landlords can evict or deny housing. Because they now 'know'.
One assumption appears to be that it's easy for a man to dress up as a woman. I would encourage all who wish to prove that it is to try it.
Another is that males who want to be women are somehow crazy and we must do everything in our power to prevent them from behaving like women. Sorry. there is an exponentially growing stack of research that concludes that a percentage of humans are born with brains hard-wired for the sex opposite to their bodies. One of the best collections to this research is at http://aebrain.blogspot.com/2009/02/evidence.html
Finally, is the opposition to this discrimination protection really about attempting to deny 'sexual predators' a loophole, or is it really about maintaining the 'right' to punish with impunity trans-persons for attempting to go against society and be/become who they truly are?
Karen J. Savage
P.S., I'm posting this e-mail in several places on the internet as evidence I wrote and submitted it.