Compelled speech is compelled speech. When you have something as ill defined as gender identity being put into law, that's a problem. Or it should be.
Also, that this bill specifically makes itself entirely amenable to a transgender or genderfluid person's preference for living arrangements and not their potential room mate's, throws up a lot of alarm bells. Seniors are already vulnerable and will now be made to feel more so. I think everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I also think everyone deserves to feel safe, physically and mentally and emotionally. This bill addresses and accommodates a specific group with no regard or consideration for others who have equal expectations to be treated the same.
This situation does have to do with free speech and yes, this is a situation that can and will be referred to in future when dealing with compelled speech. There should be a better respect for the law. Criticism and debate should be welcomed, not shamed into silence. A position held correctly should more than be able to withstand arguments against it. I'm surprised people are inclined to thinking this is okay.
From my understanding after partially reading the bill, is that it only will affect employees of long term care facility. Currently, it only is applied to intermediate care. Basically is a way to prevent an employee from denying the pronoun the patient prefers, which is common courtesy. So, honestly, I can stand behind the bill since the employee are supposed to be respectful to the patient and their wishes. Keep in mind is only for repeatedly refusing to use the proper pronoun. So basically the employee is purposely disregarding the patient wishes. So is not as crazy as it sounds. The only problem people have to fear is if this does lead to other similar law that might be ludicrous.
Here are the things the Bill prevent.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), it shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status:
(1) Deny admission to a long-term care facility, transfer or refuse to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or discharge or evict a resident from a facility.
(2) Deny a request by residents to share a room.
(3) Where rooms are assigned by gender, assigning, reassigning, or refusing to assign a room to a transgender resident other than in accordance with the transgender resident’s gender identity, unless at the transgender resident’s request.
(4) Prohibit a resident from using, or harass a resident who seeks to use or does use, a restroom available to other persons of the same gender identity, regardless of whether the resident is making a gender transition or appears to be gender-nonconforming. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, requiring a resident to show identity documents in order to gain entrance to a restroom available to other persons of the same gender identity.
(5) Willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.
(6) Deny a resident the right to wear or be dressed in clothing, accessories, or cosmetics that are permitted for any other resident.(
7) Restrict a resident’s right to associate with other residents or with visitors, including the right to consensual sexual relations, unless the restriction is uniformly applied to all residents in a nondiscriminatory manner. This section does not preclude a facility from banning or restricting sexual relations, as long as the ban or restriction is applied uniformly and in a nondiscriminatory manner.
(8) Deny or restrict medical or nonmedical care that is appropriate to a resident’s organs and bodily needs, or provide medical or nonmedical care in a manner that, to a similarly situated reasonable person, unduly demeans the resident’s dignity or causes avoidable discomfort.(b) This section shall not apply to the extent that it is incompatible with any professionally reasonable clinical judgment.(c) Each facility shall post the following notice alongside its current nondiscrimination policy in all places and on all materials where that policy is posted:
I'm sorry, but does this apply only to single occupant rooms? I apologise if you don't know offhand, I'm probably going to look into this myself.
I don't consider dorm living actually living on your own unless you're paying for it yourself. People who count that as "moving out" always felt a bit off. I went from living comfortably in a dorm to a shithole of an apartment halfway through my schooling and trust me, if you can stay home and save money, do it. 21 is still pretty young anyway.
I moved out, officially, from my parents' home at 19, almost 20. It wasn't the best of situations either. While I'm not saying it isn't possible for people to move out and have a great time doing it while (relatively) young, there's no brownie points in getting to do so. If anyone was to make you feel bad for your position, I'd question their motives, particularly when you're still in school and attempting to develop a career.
The bigger (and better) the character, the more haters. I see them as more proof of her enduring and growing popularity. I love Wonder Woman. A lot of people do, too. No need to focus on a faction of people who "hate" on her for no other reason than to hate. Same goes for lots of characters in the comicbook world. I get the frustration, but try harder to perhaps ignore them. It's all for attention, anyway.