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Today, legislators in the House of Representatives are pushing for a “discharge petition” to force a vote on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2001, (LLEHCPA), H.R. 1343, another federal Hate Crimes bill that would add “sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability” to current hate crimes law. Introduced by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), this one has more than 100 cosponsors. LLEHCPA would authorize the Justice Department to conduct local law enforcement hate crimes training, and to conduct expanded hate crimes investigations and prosecutions.

This legislation will ban alleged discrimination based on sexual orientation, whether actual or perceived, as well as “gender,” which include the categories of transgender, cross-dresser, or transvestite. To be clear, I do not advocate denying the natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to any person solely on the basis of their bad habits. However, neither do I advocate encouraging or sanctioning bad habits which impede persons in their reasonable and moral use of those rights.

He needs to define bad habits for me. Being TG is not a bad habit on its own. It requires others to violate my life, liberty, and property for it to be bad. Just as my atheist views are not bad habits on their own without doing the same as stated prior to my person. Idiots like these don't know what bad and good mean, they just think whatever society throws at them is a-okay.

-- Bridget

They do too know what bad and good are.... but do we know how there interpurting<sp?>  it?

Bad: What ever they dont like or care to understand that your doing
Good: What ever there doing weather you like or understand it or not....


I really thought from the headline that it was a piece about how those not 'mainstream' (LGBT) were being denied 'freedom for all'.  Boy, was I wrong...


I submitted a response that I hope will be posted:


Okay, here I am folks. I am one of those for which this legislation is written. I am not gay. But I did have gender reassignment many years ago. For years, I have lived in the shadows, terrified that I would be beaten, murdered, raped, or any one of numerous other heinous acts. During my transition, I was raped, spit upon, called names, followed, and chastised. No, I do not push an agenda.  I hide in your midst, only wanting the same rights that anyone else has.

There are many places in this country where I can legally be denied health care. Many states forbid me to marry anyone of either gender. I can be harrassed, ridiculed, and molested with no legal recourse.

I want to be able to get health care. I want to collect my social security. I want to marry. I want to be able to live my life without fear.

I continue to live a normal life in your midst as a woman. You will see me and never think of what my past may have been. You will see me on the street and say hi. You will open the door for me at the supermarket. I will smile and thank you. I will bring your family dinner when your wife is in the hospital. I will sit next to you in church. You will treat me as any other person. Would you treat me any different knowing my past?

These laws help move us to protect life and liberty for all people... not just those who agree with those who are religious Christians. It is good that we protect basic rights for everyone. After all, isn't that what Christ would do?

Cindi Jones


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