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08/26/2010

T = U & I: That's the 'ID theft' that really concerns Gary Glenn

by Jeremy Hooper

How do you further stigmatize transgender humans? Well, likening them to ID thieves and national security threats is a start:

"In an era of identity theft and national security concerns, we're glad that Ruth Johnson has now joined Rep. Paul Scott in expressly stating her opposition to the Gary-GlennSecretary of State policy of allowing men to falsely identify themselves as female on their state-issued driver's license, and vice versa"

"The people of Michigan should at minimum be able to trust their state government to tell the truth, not enable certain individuals' psychological and emotional delusions by officially and legally identifying them as something they biologically are not. We urge all candidates for Secretary of State to let voters know where they stand on this honesty-in-government issue.
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-Gary Glenn, American Family Association of Michigan
(H/t: Zinnia Jones)

Right, of course Gary Glenn wouldn't get it. He's such a dude, he took two male names for his own ID.

But for the rest of us who support the spectrum of normalcy to a T: We understand that asking people to lie in a way that goes against their own gender identity and/or expression is the truly confusing, truly ID-weakening notion being fostered in the name of bias. It may be easier for politicos like Ruth Johnson and Rep. Paul Scott to reduce this conversation in this way. It may even be politically expedient for them to rely on misunderstanding and misinformation about transgender people to further their chances in their GOP races. But in being unwarrantedly critical rather than engaging in critical thinking, the only security these Michigan candidates are weakening is that of their transgender neighbors and their families.

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