Ex­pert big­ots are com­ing for us

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

Since the land­mark 1973 abor­tion rul­ing Roe v. Wade, the fed­eral and state leg­is­la­tures and the politi­cians we call “judges” have found ways to main­tain a woman’s right to choose, but wreck her ac­tual abil­ity to do so. While any woman in any state is el­i­gi­ble to ter­mi­nate her preg­nancy, she must come up with the funds to do so be­cause the fed­eral gov­ern­ment won’t pay for it.

In some states, she must raise ex­tra money be­cause there is a three-day wait­ing pe­riod be­tween see­ing a doc­tor and un­der­go­ing the pro­ce­dure – hence, she must cough up money to get to a clinic, which are spread far and wide across states.

In Texas, abor­tion clin­ics were forced to com­ply with laws equat­ing them with hospi- tals, mean­ing they had to ful­fill ar­bi­trary re­quire­ments such as widen­ing their cor­ri­dors. Manda­tory and some­times in­va­sive yet un­nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures were added on, driv­ing up both the cost and dis­com­fort of the pa­tient.

In the same way, LGBT rights are go­ing to be whit­tled away un­der the guise of pro­tect­ing some or other per­son. We al­ready deal with the an­nual 40-day leg­isla­tive ses­sion here in Ge­or­gia where we have to hope and pray from Jan­uary to March that the Gold Dome doesn’t shit out some McKoon-led dis­crim­i­na­tion meant en­tirely to sate his ha­tred for LGBT Ge­or­gians. The nom de plume of laws that are meant to ha­rass us out of the eye of the ho­mo­pho­bic pub­lic is “re­li­gious free­dom,” whereby those who hate LGBT peo­ple can force them out of their own busi­nesses be­cause the in­ter­preted state­ments of a de­ity have said so.

With a fun­da­men­tal­ist oc­cu­py­ing the sec­ond-high­est of­fice in the land, and this pres­i­dent ow­ing his elec­tion partly to solid sup­port from evan­gel­i­cals, some bills need to be paid, and our rights to sim­ply ex­ist are some of those dol­lars. While the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der last Thurs­day was a step in the foot­steps of those gods that hate gays, those who hate us are not sated, and will keep fight­ing un­til ev­ery trans per­son can­not leave their home, and LGBT men and women and non­bi­nary folks are forced to con­form to a so­ci­ety dom­i­nated by peo­ple who hate them.

In fact, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wy­oming, the state where Matthew Shep­ard was mur­dered, de­cided to shit this out of his mouth last week: “I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is al­ways sur­prised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of prob­lem.” What a sweet way of telling us that if we would just act like straight cis peo­ple, then they won’t come and try to kill us.

We have seen the peo­ple who hate us prac­tice the whit­tling away of a woman’s right to choose. Don’t think we will be spared the same at­tacks on our rights to ex­ist as equal peo­ple be­fore the law. They might call it re­li­gious free­dom. They might call it our own fault. They might call it some­thing else. But they will come for us. And they are ex­perts at do­ing it.

“With a fun­da­men­tal­ist oc­cu­py­ing the sec­ond-high­est of­fice in the land, and this pres­i­dent ow­ing his elec­tion partly to solid sup­port from evan­gel­i­cals, some bills need to be paid, and our rights to sim­ply ex­ist are some of those dol­lars.”

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