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Federal court: Minnesota law protects transgender people

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A federal court has concluded that Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws include gender identity as a protected status. The case revolved around whether insurance companies can limit coverage on the basis of gender identity and whether health care providers can discriminate on the basis of gender identity.

Recent case: Jakob is a transgender male who claimed he was “mis-gendered” and mistreated when he went to the emergency room for treatment. He filed suit under Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws as well as federal law.

After another federal court issued an injunction in a case related to the Affordable Care Act, the court ordered attorneys in David’s case to submit arguments on whether federal law bars gender identity discrimination. But the court also said it was clear that Minnesota’s sex discrimination law does protect transgender individuals. (Rumble v. Fairview Health, No. 14-CV-2037, DC MN, 2017)

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Chris Wright March 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Ralph Nader said on 11-09-2016, “They’re sick and tired of being told “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” to take one example that Trump hammered again and again….They’re sick and tired of saying that you can’t say “freshman” at the college, you have to say fresh-person…When you repress language, ordinary language by the people it builds up.”
Once again, unreasonable political correctness is killing progressive progress. Transgenderism, for instance, as a political litmus test or a defining issue, is idiotic. The reason I say so is because the vast majority of people in all places and all times have and continue to have the belief that the human species consists of two distinct sexes, a belief sufficiently accurate to be considered as common sense. To insist that this accepted belief be jettisoned in order to accommodate the faddish trend of transgenderism is absurd. I realize that there is a small percentage of unfortunate persons who are born with indeterminately developed genitalia or with hermaphroditic deformities, and society must make some allowance for them in some fashion. However, majority opinion is quite reasonably less interested in the claims of invisible identity confusion. If someone is deluded enough to imagine himself to be Julius Caesar or Jesus Christ, I see no reason why society should be forced to subscribe to that delusion.
To suppose that children can competently decide, or that their parents can competently decide for them, to switch out of their birth sex because of a sense of maladjustment, is a pretty drastic assumption.
Now, there are hundreds of millions of persons who subscribe to the belief of transmigration of souls. Does their believing in that doctrine oblige the rest of us to accept it? I’m not sure that such a thing as a soul even exists. Perhaps it does. Our laws aren’t designed to detect it, and I’d want to see scientific evidence before including legislation about souls in our system.
Likewise, perhaps some persons are born with personalities mismatched to their anatomies. There are lots of ways to feel like a misfit. It’s life, or fate, or whatever you want to call it. How they cope with that is their problem, and it shouldn’t be mine. Based on the so-called transgender persons I’ve encountered, or seen for instance on television, they don’t seem authentic in their switched roles. Hormones and surgery can change some aspects of appearance but they can’t turn men into women or vice-versa . . . just into peculiar parodies, one of the other.
Past societies have included classes of de-sexed men, known as eunuchs. Their condition was almost always an involuntary decision! Now we have voluntary eunuchs, imagining themselves as women, as well as the opposite process with women pretending to transform into men. This is fiction.
To me, the whole thing seems like a strange cult or an exercise in exploiting people’s delusions and confusions. Profitable for the surgeons and other abettors of it, but goofy.
I think it’s entirely understandable and very natural that the great majority of people are either baffled by, hostile and resentful towards, or repulsed by gender-bending behaviors and appearances. Sexual degeneracy is a characteristic symptom of collapsing civilizations and expiring empires, according to the scholars Will and Ariel Durant, and maybe they have a point.
One especially interesting thing about this whole business is that such a small number of people with such a dubious claim have attained so strong a measure of political strength as to command the fealty of one of the major political parties. There are REAL problems facing the planet and our nation and yet this is what we’re talking about. As far as I’m concerned, at some point the liberals and progressives are going to have to stop painting themselves into corners.
And I can’t believe I just wasted an hour of my mortal existence belaboring this bizarre phenomenon.

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Chris Wright March 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Ralph Nader said on 11-09-2016, They’re sick and tired of being told “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” to take one example that Trump hammered again and again….They’re sick and tired of saying that you can’t say “freshman” at the college, you have to say fresh-person…When you repress language, ordinary language by the people it builds up. Once again, unreasonable political correctness is killing progressive progress. Transgenderism, for instance, as a political litmus test or a defining issue, is idiotic. The reason I say so is because the vast majority of people in all places and all times have and continue to have the belief that the human species consists of two distinct sexes, a belief sufficiently accurate to be considered as common sense. To insist that this accepted belief be jettisoned in order to accommodate the faddish trend of transgenderism is absurd. I realize that there is a small percentage of unfortunate persons who are born with indeterminately developed genitalia or with hermaphroditic deformities, and society must make some allowance for them in some fashion. However, majority opinion is quite reasonably less interested in the claims of invisible identity confusion. If someone is deluded enough to imagine himself to be Julius Caesar or Jesus Christ, I see no reason why society should be forced to subscribe to that delusion.
To suppose that children can competently decide, or that their parents can competently decide for them, to switch out of their birth sex because of a sense of maladjustment, is a pretty drastic assumption.
Now, there are hundreds of millions of persons who subscribe to the belief of transmigration of souls. Does their believing in that doctrine oblige the rest of us to accept it? I’m not sure that such a thing as a soul even exists. Perhaps it does. Our laws aren’t designed to detect it, and I’d want to see scientific evidence before including legislation about souls in our system.
Likewise, perhaps some persons are born with personalities mismatched to their anatomies. There are lots of ways to feel like a misfit. It’s life, or fate, or whatever you want to call it. How they cope with that is their problem, and it shouldn’t be mine. Based on the so-called transgender persons I’ve encountered, or seen for instance on television, they don’t seem authentic in their switched roles. Hormones and surgery can change some aspects of appearance but they can’t turn men into women or vice-versa . . . just into peculiar parodies, one of the other.
Past societies have included classes of de-sexed men, known as eunuchs. Their condition was almost always an involuntary decision! Now we have voluntary eunuchs, imagining themselves as women, as well as the opposite process with women pretending to transform into men. This is fiction.
To me, the whole thing seems like a strange cult or an exercise in exploiting people’s delusions and confusions. Profitable for the surgeons and other abettors of it, but goofy.
I think it’s entirely understandable and very natural that the great majority of people are either baffled by, hostile and resentful towards, or repulsed by gender-bending behaviors and appearances. Sexual degeneracy is a characteristic symptom of collapsing civilizations and expiring empires, according to the scholars Will and Ariel Durant, and maybe they have a point.
One especially interesting thing about this whole business is that such a small number of people with such a dubious claim have attained so strong a measure of political strength as to command the fealty of one of the major political parties. There are REAL problems facing the planet and our nation and yet this is what we’re talking about. As far as I’m concerned, at some point the liberals and progressives are going to have to stop painting themselves into corners.
And I can’t believe I just wasted an hour of my mortal existence belaboring this bizarre phenomenon.

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