SC Equality has denounced Tuesday an agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the annual defense bill that omits a reversal of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. House and Senate negotiators on the National Defense Authorization Act announced an agreement Monday that includes plans to create a Space Force, a 3.1% pay raise for the military and a gradual end to the “widow’s tax,” an offset that costs military families thousands of dollars each year. Not present in [...]
Transgender student bathroom bill coming back before Kentucky lawmakers in 2020. South Carolina could face a semilar bill once again in 2020
Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday on his prefiled bill, which would require that all school restrooms and locker rooms be only available to students based on their biological gender at birth. The prefiled legislation, called the Kentucky Student Privacy Act, would also open school districts that didn't follow that mandate to civil liability if the bill becomes law. Transgender students would be required to use "the best available accommodation" [...]
Time For South Carolina To Pass A Hate Crimes Bill that include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Federal statistics show hate crimes in South Carolina are increasing. Those stats also appear to highlight the fact that this state doesn’t have a hate crime law. From 2013 to 2017, hate crimes reported in South Carolina increased by 70 percent, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The number of S.C. agencies reporting hate crimes increased from 39 to 46 in those years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the only law enforcement agency that [...]
South Carolina wants to ban lifesaving medical treatments for trans kids. It’s part of a bigger push around the country.
Trans children have been in the national spotlight in recent weeks, with the governor of Texas stepping in to try to stop a mother from allowing her child to transition. And last Wednesday, South Carolina legislators joined in with a bill that would ban a variety of medical treatments for trans children in our state. The bill, called the Youth Gender Reassignment Prevention Act, prohibits doctors from performing any “gender reassignment medical treatment” on a person under 18. [...]