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The conservative idea that civil rights protections sexually endanger women and children in public bathrooms is not new. In fact, conservative sexual thought has been in the toilet since the 1940s. During the World War II era, conservatives began employing the idea that social equality for African-Americans would lead to sexual danger for white women in bathrooms. In the decades since, conservatives used this trope to negate the civil rights claims of women and sexual minorities. Placing Houston's rejection of HERO within the history of discrimination against racial minorities, sexual minorities, and women reveals a broader pattern: When previously marginalized groups demanded access to public accommodations, conservatives responded with toilet talk to stall these groups' aspirations for social equality.
KY Election Officials Arrested, Charged With 'Changing Votes at E-Voting Machines'
Circuit court judge, county clerk, and election officials among eight indicted for gaming elections in 2002, 2004, 2006
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Those of us who have demanded transparent voting systems because we understand that only the ability for complete citizen oversight and transparency can effectively counter those who would game elections, have been disingenuously criticized over the years as somehow questioning the integrity of the hard-working, honest election officials out there.
The fact is, those who know anything about computer security understand that it is the insiders who are, by far, the greatest threat to security on such systems, as even the phony, GOP-operative-created Baker/Carter National Election Reform Commission determined in its final report: "There is no reason to trust insiders in the election industry any more than in other industries."
Post-HERO: Transgender activists take a stand at Montrose event
After Prop 1 failed, crowd seeks to fight stereotypes
A small crowd rallied Saturday on a Montrose street corner to try to combat the negative stereotypes of transgender people that have accompanied the city's sweeping defeat of Houston's equal rights ordinance.
In a city where few folks know transgender people, everyone knows about them on the heels of Proposition 1, an ordinance that would have granted protections to several groups of people, but that opponents feared would allow men to use women's restrooms.
"We are here to say 'We are not going to rape you in the bathroom,' " said Olivia Maynard, 41, a transgender woman with tidy makeup, flowing hair and a loose blouse. read more
Anti-LGBT groups fought HERO by claiming that it would enable "any man at any time" to "enter a women's bathroom simply by claiming to be a woman that day." Ads featured pedophiles locking themselves in a bathroom stalls with young girls. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) summarized his case against HERO in five words -- "No men in women's bathrooms."
This is not a new tactic. Indeed, it was used once before in a high-profile campaign against equality. Four decades ago, the Equal Rights Amendment -- which would have required courts to treat laws that engage in sex discrimination with the same high level of skepticism applied to race discrimination -- seemed all but certain to become part of the Constitution. Thirty-four of the thirty-eight states needed to ratify the amendment had agreed to do so. Then conservative activists organized hard against this amendment. Many of them also gave it a new name, the "Common Toilet" law. read more