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Pronoun Prison? California Moves Toward Criminalizing The Refusal To Use The Correct Pronoun For Transgender People


The ultimate expression of authoritarian intolerance masquerading as concern for individuals. Inexorably we move towards the world envisioned by Orwell in 1984.


California flagThe California State Senate is considering a bill that would make it a crime to  “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” in a public health, retirement or housing institution.  State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced  SB 219  with a variety of transgender protections but the pronoun controversy is likely to get the most attention.  Violators face a year in jail and a potential $1000 fine.  The criminalization of pronoun misuse however could raise serious free speech and other constitutional concerns.

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  1. 28/08/2017 21:18

    Please explain how this is a free speech issue.

    THE US Constitutional guarantee of free speech is that the government will not infringe on a person’s right to free speech.

    However, that applies in a personal capacity. In the cases that this Bill seeks to address it is not protected speech. It is an instruction on how to respectfully address people by those employed to care for them.

    It will not prevent a person from venting on reddit about “poofs, trannies, homos”, etc. but it will punish the use of that language in the workplace.

    I don’t see how anyone can have a problem with that.


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