#Wejustneedtopee: Republicans help defeat transphobic bill in Washington state

Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor

Kudos to the Senate in Washington state, who voted by the slimmest majority — 25-24 — against an anti-transgender bill that would have repealed a rule allowing trans people to use washrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.

Special kudos to the three Republicans who voted with the Democrats in the Republican-dominated Senate to defeat the proposed anti-trans legislation, which was supported by such groups as the so-called Family Policy Institute. Read more about it on the Seattlepi.com site.

Meanwhile, Slate.com reports that there have been “a rash of bills … proposed (in the U.S.) that would exclude transgender people from using the restrooms that align with their gender identity and outward gender expression.”

Still, this week’s victory in Washington proves that not all Republicans in the United States feel they must toe a narrow right-wing transphobic line, and should give hope to trans people and their allies in the other states threatened by conservative fanatics.

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