Conservatives Go On Offense in Trans Bathroom Wars

Five states introduce bills similar to North Carolina's HB2 in just one week

by Edmund Kozak | Updated 30 Jan 2017 at 10:09 AM

Despite a massive onslaught of boycotts, ads, and protests aimed at North Carolina in the last election cycle, an increasing number of conservatives in other states across the county have been tackling the issue of transgender bathrooms. A whopping five transgender bathroom bills have been introduced in state legislatures in the last week alone.

The willingness to tackle the issue in state houses all over the country is particularly notable since the outrage against North Carolina, spurred on by former President Barack Obama, was so fierce.

“With the moral compass-in-chief no longer in the White House, they don’t have to worry about Obama using his executive office to generate fake outrage over the issue.”

In March, 2016 the state of North Carolina caused an uproar when it passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act — more commonly known as HB2 — a measure that sought to ensure individuals use public facilities that correspond to their biological sex.

The backlash from the organized Left was swift and strong. Boycotts were called, vacations plans changed, and corporations even canceled projects in the state that would have provided jobs for the people of North Carolina.

A May 2016 article in the Charlotte Observer estimated that the boycott — barely two months old at that point — had already cost the Tar Heel State’s economy $141.7 million. Estimates for the total cost of the boycott range as high as over $500 million.

But conservatives in other states across the county, perhaps bolstered by President Trump's victory, have not been cowed by the radical Left's bully tactics.

On Thursday, Kansas Republican state Rep. John Whitmer introduced a bathroom bill in the Kansas House. On Wednesday, similar bills were introduced in the Illinois, Wyoming, Missouri, and South Dakota lower chambers. A further eight bathroom bills were introduced in state legislatures earlier in January. Kentucky introduced two separate bills on Jan. 3 and Jan. 5, respectively. A bathroom bill was introduced to the Missouri Senate on Jan. 4, and similar bills were introduced in Minnesota and Virginia on Jan. 5.

"With the moral compass-in-chief no longer in the White House, they don't have to worry about Obama using his executive office to generate fake outrage over the issue," Eddie Zipperer, a political science professor at Georgia Military College, told LifeZette.

On Thursday, Kansas Republican state Rep. John Whitmer introduced a bathroom bill in the Kansas House. On Wednesday, similar bills were introduced in the Illinois, Wyoming, Missouri, and South Dakota lower chambers.

A further eight bathroom bills were introduced in state legislatures earlier in January. Kentucky introduced two separate bills on January 3 and January 5, respectively. A bathroom bill was introduced to the Missouri senate on January 4, and similar bills were introduced in Minnesota and Virginia on January 5.

Both Texas and South Carolina introduced bills on Jan. 10. Another bathroom bill has been sitting in the Alabama legislature since May 2016. In total — including North Carolina — at least 15 separate transgender bathroom bills have been introduced in at least 12 states.

The far-left backlash to these bills should any of them pass is sure to be fierce. One wonders, however, if the Left will react to any future successful bathroom bills with the same solidarity with which it attacked North Carolina. Indeed, the transgender movement has reached such proportions of self-parody that conservatives are no longer the only ones in America being accused of transphobia.

Recently, transgender activists pointed their knives at the organizers and participants of the "Women's March on Washington" that occurred last Saturday was heavily criticized by proponents of gender identity theory for being discriminatory against trans women because of its focus on female reproductive organs — which trans women do not possess.

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