#1004 Understanding the 2016 election conservative wedge issue (Trans Rights)

Air Date: 04-05-2016

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Today we take a look at the hate-mongering conservative fright fest issue du jour, trans people being allowed to use public restrooms without harassment. Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate and ignorance, fear and hatred lead to voting for Republicans. That’s been their strategy for decades: exploiting fear of black people, brown people, drugs, gay people and now trans people. They’re always wrong about what they fear but that’s never stopped them before and it isn’t stopping them now.

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Transphobia is the new conservative wedge issue for the 2016 election - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-31-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company

Ch. 4: Act 2: .@SarahEMcBride on the fallout of legislating discrimination effects many groups - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia

Ch. 6: Act 3: .@chasestrangio on the reality of transmisogyny around the bathroom lies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mothers of the Night - Moby

Ch. 8: Act 4: .@dominicholden on NC causing the otherwise nonexistent problem they're trying to solve - @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 3-29-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Ch. 10: Act 5: Bullied by the Government North Carolina Sued After Enacting Sweeping Anti-Transgender Law - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law via @ACLU_NC and @EqualityNC #NoHateInMyState #WeAreNotThis - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard

Ch. 14: Act 7: .@ivancoyote: Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-26-16


Ch. 15: Learning to care about the economy - Michael in Eugene, OR

Ch. 16: Earn this damn vote or lose - Gabriel from Pittsburg

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 17: Final comments on voting and our theories of change

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


North Carolina

Sign the ACLU petition to “Repeal the country’s worst anti-LGBT law”: ACLU.org/action

While you're at it, sign the Human Rights Campaign petition to “Veto Mississippi’s HB 1523 ‘Religious Liberty Accommodations Act’

Tweet at Gov. McCrory to voice your concern: @PatMcCroryNC

Reply to Gov. McCrory’s tweet about passing HB 2

Read about how this bill could hurt Republicans in November & then get involved to make sure it happens!  

Use the hashtags #NoHateinMyState and #WeAreNotThis  

LGBT Resources: 

Campaign for Southern Equality Western North Carolina Trans Support Hotline at 828-237-1323

Campaign for Southern Equality’s map of all-gender bathrooms in North Carolina

Campaign for Southern Equality’s “Everything You Need to Fight HB 2” page

Further Reading: 

Following Backlash From Across the Country, Georgia Gov. Will Veto Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Bill (via Human Rights Campaign)

In Meeting with North Carolina Gov. McCrory, LGBT Equality Advocates Demand Repeal of Anti-LGBT Law (via Human Rights Campaign)

North Carolina Starts to Face Real Economic Consequences for Anti-LGBT Law (via Think Progress)

After a Big Loss in North Carolina, LGBT Leaders Explain What's Next (via Vox)


Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2016-04-08 16:41:40 -0400
    This red herring argument that cis-women will be assaulted because we made restrooms more inclusive annoys and upsets me every time I hear it. Because of the simple fact that this is a biological need that everyone must meet, no matter how their outward appearance is presented to the world, I agree that this is an insidious way to control movement and restrict the ability of all people to become full members of the public. Consider the ways that Jim Crow laws and segregated bathrooms served the same purpose, or how only providing public restrooms for men only in Victorian England. When are the people in this country going to learn?!!

    Expanding protections of civil rights to trans people is NOT in direct conflict with issues of safety from sexual violence. Misogyny IS.
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