A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.OK, It's California, but those are the same fucks who gave us, well, pretty much every bad idea in the 20th century. This is limited in scope, for the moment, but don't believe for one second that California won't try to apply this to everyone at all times. Don't worry about the constitutionality of state-mandated speech, heaven fucking forbid we fail to call mentally ill people what they want to be called. If I claim to be a penquin, everyone would call me crazy. If I claim to be a woman, everyone says, well, we have to respect his gender identity, despite all of the biological evidence that contradicts what I claim. Party of science my ass.
The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.
Hey, maybe I don't know shit, but I bet Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins does:
McHugh, the hospital’s chief of psychiatry from 1975 to 2001, still believes that being transgender is largely a psychological problem, not a biological phenomenon. And with the title of university distinguished service professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine, he continues to wield enormous influence in certain circles and is quoted frequently on gender issues in conservative media.Almost no cases of "transgender" people involve actual biological problems, such as hermaphroditism or some other genetic misfire. They are almost all between the ears. Forcing me to call a person with mental health problems whatever that person wants me to call them is not government's place -- especially if that includes made-up words like xi and xer or whatever. That's why we have a First Amendment. I don't much give a fuck what they call themselves. But that doesn't mean I have to call them that. Don't like it? Refer to the title of the blog.
“I’m not against transgender people,” he said recently, stressing that he is “anxious they get the help they need.” But such help should be psychiatric rather than surgical, he maintains.