A GOP Lawmaker vocally lashed out against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) spoke against the legislation particularly because the bill provides protections for the LGBT community.
“This is a truly bad bill,” said Stockman in a National Review interview. “This is helping the liberals, this is horrible. Unbelievable.”
The act provides states and local authorities with grants that help millions of women across the United States. It also has specific LGBT anti-discrimination regulations.
Stockman has reportedly made sexist comments and gestures as well as making inappropriate “bets” on what his female colleagues would wear.
“What really bothers — it’s called a women’s act, but then they have men dressed up as women, they count that,” Stockman said. “Change-gender, or whatever. How is that — how is that a woman?”
During his time in office, he has demanded President Barack Obama’s impeachment and invited Ted Nugent to the State of the Union.
According to a 2011 Taskforce survey, 90 percent of transgender women reportedly experienced harassment, mistreatment and discrimination in the workforce. In the same survey, 26 percent reported losing their job because of their transgender status.
The transgender community has made improvements as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM) replaced the term with “Gender Dysphoria.” The American Psychiatric Association lobbied to remove the “mentally ill” characterization given to all who are transgender.
The Obama administration signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to specifically include LGBT anti-discrimination provisions this month. It passed with a bipartisan vote of 286 to 138 and included 87 Republicans.
“This important step shows what we can do when we come together across party lines to take up a just cause,” Obama said in a press release after signing the act.”¨”¨“The bill passed by the Senate will help reduce homicides that occur from domestic violence, improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault, address the high rates of dating violence experienced by young women, and provide justice to the most vulnerable among us.”
Like many Republicans, Stockman opposed the act.
“Republicans are against [the VAWA]because of the provisions for Native Americans and LGBT people. It’s shocking how blatant representatives are against minorities,” National Organizer at Codepink’s National Organizer Alli McCracken told 429Magazine after the Senate vote passed.
Transgender rights are not exclusive to the United States.
“The women’s rights movement is a movement to end sexism and sexist oppression,” Transgender Leader and Director of GANDA Filipinas, Naomi Fontanos told 429Magazine in a previous interview. “I believe that LGBT rights movements around the world share this feminist guiding principle as well.”
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