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Hollywood tells Texas what to do on transgender bathrooms

February 16, 2017 at 11:56 am 84 News
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Almost 140 entertainers sent an open letter urging Texas to reject legislation that would strike down transgender-friendly bathroom policies in public schools, government buildings and city ordinances.

The letter, released Tuesday, said the artists had a responsibility to do “everything within our power to make sure all of our fans, crews, and fellow artists feel safe and welcome, wherever we go.”

“It is up to you whether these bills will become law, and we are watching,” said the letter, signed by musicians including Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Cyndi Lauper, Kesha and Lady Gaga, as well as actors Amy Poehler, Emma Stone, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore.

“Artistic expression has always been a political act, and some of the most venerate artists in our history have put themselves on the line to take a stand against injustice. We humbly add our names to that proud tradition today, in asking you to end the needless targeting of LGBTQ people in Texas,” the letter said.

Senate Bill 6 and a similar measure, House Bill 1362, would prohibit public schools from allowing transgender children to use multi-stall bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. State government buildings would be barred from creating transgender-friendly bathrooms, and cities and counties would be prohibited from requiring bathrooms that accommodate transgender individuals.

The fight over the bills been heating steadily, with leading Texas businesses warning that passage would tarnish the state’s welcoming climate for businesses — prompting boycotts from entertainers, sports leagues and travelers while discouraging some corporations from relocating or expanding in the state.

Last week, clergy members gathered in competing Austin forums to support and oppose the legislation, which is a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Patrick and other supporters say economic concerns are overblown and insist that SB 6 is required to protect privacy and promote safety in bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms — places where people are at their most vulnerable.

Echoing other opponents, the entertainers who signed Tuesday’s open letter to Texas said such concerns are misguided because transgender people are most at risk.

“Transgender and gender-nonconforming young people are already subjected to bullying and harassment. Can you imagine the message these bills send to children — the message of ‘that child is unwelcome, that child is dangerous’?”

Young transgender people already face high rates of family rejection, homelessness and suicide, the entertainers wrote. “How much more can you punish them for living honestly and openly?”

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  1. jimwg February 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Of course, this insular motley has no moral stakes or care in the personal and social ramifications of their piously idealistic cause of the month.

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    • jacobite February 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      You do notice that the only people who count to the Hollywood ‘elite’ are the less than 1% of those who don’t know what their sex is. The other 99% of us, who would definitely feel uncomfortable if a guy walked into a women’s shower, just aren’t important. This should make it easy for Americans to gauge the level of ‘normality’ to be found in Hollywood. These people are whack-job weirdos and degenerate perverts, who wouldn’t know ‘normal’ if it clobbered them up side the head (and that is always a good idea).

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Since these cretins have no morals anyway, what would they KNOW of moral fiber..

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    • marines February 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

      140 people with the morals of Sodom. Wonderful. Please. Tell us what we should do and think…NOT. How about if we have their names so we can be sure that we don’t EVER see anything they are involved in!? We will, however, be praying for these people to hear the word of God before Tinseltown is a word we all associate with His final justice. The only good thing about this group is that most of them aren’t having any children. Zero Progressive Birth Rate, truly a plan that we can live with. It would be better for these people to have never been born if they induce one child to sin. Not my words. They are God’s.

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  2. aristotle February 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Who really cares what a bunch of actors and entertainers want? Since when do the wants of a insignificant number people dictate what the multitudes want. Besides that they are not even residents of the state of Texas.
    If they do not like what Texas does they can stay home in LA LA Land.

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    • bonniewheeler February 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      The world is going to hell in a handbasket and the lefties are trying to figure out how to get men into the ladies bathrooms.

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      And since these ‘elites often have their OWN TRAILERS and toilets, they won’t have to put up with people being in the wrong toilets..

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    joberl February 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Tell the Hollyweoirdos to take their letter and allow it to repose in a place the sun doesn’t shine

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    • godgivenrights February 16, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      So these self-absorbed immoral entertainers will boycott Texas if they pass this law.

      This is yet another reason to PASS THE LAW.

      Then again these are the same people that promised to leave the US, after Trump got elected and the are still here.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      That plus how often do they even make films in Texas anyway??

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  4. missieb2000 February 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Only a narcissistic group of of idiots like Hollywood would actually think that their opinion matters.
    Your only job is to entertain me when I am bored. You have no value outside of that arrangement. So dance monkey when the organ grinder plays and then hush.

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    • hit912 February 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Should be called Hollywierd.

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  5. necron February 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    And when they said “they would do everything in their power” they meant send an email… hahahah so mighty you are… que horror- a, gasp, email.

    Put your money where your mouth is Hollywood, boycott Texas and don’t “allow” them to buy your product…it’s a free country

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  6. stephen49 February 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I would like to see a list of these ‘elites’ who would let their daughters go unattended into a bathroom with a hairy man dressed in a dress.

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    • gran24 February 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      “Transgender and gender-nonconforming young people are already subjected to bullying and harassment. Can you imagine the message these bills send to children — the message of ‘that child is unwelcome, that child is dangerous’?” I see this as being the confused few trying to bully the rest of us. The “children” of today will be the adults of tomorrow so don’t try to make this only about children. Also, we cannot ignore that it is the supposedly adult parents who have helped create this problem for their children. God made only male and female, and He is not a God of confusion.

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    • Jota_ February 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      “Can you imagine the message these bills send to children”

      If adults are subjecting real children to adult subject matter it is child abuse

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      [“Can you imagine the message these bills send to children”]

      Yea. It tells them that those who are in the majority can decide something, but it doesn’t matter what they want, all that matters is what the hollyweird elites say should matter..

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    • dealerdeb1 February 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      They have private security why woul;d they care how we have to stomach that ****?

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  7. dumvet February 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Why do these idiots feel like they can tells us everything? they are gay they have had a boob job they have a doohickey but don’t want one. they want to be a girl instead of a boy! What the hell? Stay in the land of nuts and fruits and leave the rest of us alone! Use whatever bathroom you want to just close the stall door dumb *****!

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  8. Roger_T73 February 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hollywierd is trying to corrupt the good people of Texas and America. Good Conservatives please stop spending your hard earned $$ supporting the left wing idiotlogs!!!

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    • dealerdeb1 February 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      I refuse to buy their records, pay for their movies,buy anything they sell. Period

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  9. wdjinc February 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Our country has done just fine over the past 200+ years with separate bathrooms for women and men without having to change bathroom legislation to appease an extremely low percentage of transgender population. I don’t want a person with a showering with girls nor a man claiming to be a woman using a women’s bathroom. Just plain NUTS!

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    • dealerdeb1 February 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      JFK put a man on the moon,OBAMA put a man in the ladies room. Disgusting perversion with no place for it in children’s lives.MUCH less public schools.

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  10. Tina Meyers February 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Funny thing is I hate most of the {facist, liberal} Hollyweird “artists” {actors & musicians}, but I also hate Dan Patrick’s lack of concern for the “business” climate in Texas!

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I would rather he care more for his CITIZENRY than the business environment any day of the week!

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  11. Patricia Beeftink February 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    “everything within our power to make sure all of our fans, crews, and fellow artists feel safe and welcome, wherever we go.”

    Obviously they don’t care about ALL of their fans safety. I sure wouldn’t feel safe if some man was in the same bathroom as me. These are the same people who have clauses in their contracts specifying how they must have certain things in their dressing rooms. I seriously doubt that transgender bathrooms are in them. They also can afford private security guards. It’ll be a cold day in Hell before I’d let them dictate what I should or shouldn’t do.

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  12. wyoman February 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    What does Texas bathroom use have to do with a bunch of people who make their living pretending to be someone they are not over a thousand miles away? Jesse Waters would have a ball interviewing most of them.

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  13. ottozeit February 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Hollywood says “we are watching.”
    Really? We’ve been watching Hollywood for a long time…and we don’t like what we’ve been seeing. Go peddle the contents of your cesspool to someone with an appetite for depravity — and leave the normal people alone.

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    • Jackie39 February 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      We Texans do not care what you leftists in Hollywood do about your bathrooms but in Texas we think if you have a penis you use the men’s restroom and if you hzve a vagina you use the ladies restroom. So go peddle your LGBT **** in California, the land of fruits and nuts, where it belongs.

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    • hit912 February 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      The problem is they think that they are normal.

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    • brogers1529 February 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I agree if they go along with it we need to not go along with it. Like it or not Hollywood is not the example we should follow. Just rack it up to we
      are red necks and proud of it.

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      THing is they CAN’T leave us “normals” alone. Not till they have infested us with their immoral activities… And we are bowing at the feed of their depravities..

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  14. Danwd February 16, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    When I think of a Hollywierdo giving political advice, comment or complaint, I think of them in a clown suit with big, floppy shoes, a big red nose and a hat with short “arms” that have bells on the end of the arms – like a court jester. That enables me to put their comments and suggestions into perspective.

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  15. stonewall44 February 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I was going to add my two cents worth weighing in against these Hollywood jerks, but all of you have said it well one way or another. Kudos!

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  16. mamacat104 February 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    They are nothing but a bunch of disgusting garbage anymore… they have NO morals, NO values .. their language is disgusting, many dress worse than hookers.. they have NO right to tell the women here they must use the bathroom with some jerk who THINKS he is a female…
    if they were born a male with man’s body parts.. USE THE MEN’S ROOM
    if they were born a female with women’s body parts… USE THE WOMEN’S ROOM

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    • dealerdeb1 February 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      I watched the lib women on that ladies march and was shocked. Women brining their children dressed in Vagina hats, Madonna and that Crazy Ashley Judd cursing, screaming talking about blowing up the white house?abortions? These aren’t women they are insane morons dressed like freaks.

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  17. Klaus February 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I sincerely hope that Texas will tell these mentally ill nutcases to go to hell.

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    • Rboow February 17, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Well I’m a born & raised Texan and if I have a vote, I’d like to tell them exactly what they can do with their letter and any “advice” they try to give about anything.

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    • dealerdeb1 February 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      I hope they run them out of Dodge

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  18. hit912 February 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I am sure that Texas will tell them what to do with that letter.

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  19. Charles Hahn February 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I read today on LifeSite News where in Great Britain, they have been reporting increased cases of voyeurism and peeping toms in “Unisex bathrooms and changing rooms.” It seems that many of the “transgender women” really aren’t. Maybe those in Hollywood who are demanding bathroom access based on so called gender identity should be force to use the unisex facilities. Maybe when a few more unauthorized pictures and videos start floating around the internet, they may rethink their positions.

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Which is exactly the same as we saw in Target stores, after they made that brain dead decision to allow anyone access to any restroom/changing room they wanted… A rise in sex offenses and voyerism..

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  20. William Kempner February 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    As others have posted, most transgender people have been quietly dealing with this for many years. I suppose that for the few that are really “out there” in appearance, this might be a problem. But for most, it really shouldn’t be. The big concern is allowing perverts (usually, but not always men) access to children of the opposite sex. Haven’t seen or heard a good counter to that.

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  21. columba February 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    So they’re threatening not to make films in Texas unless they can get their way? Well, big whoop. Texas has done fine without the film industry, and anyway Texians are pretty good at finding new ways to prosper when an old way goes into decline.

    (Yes, I spelled it “Texians,” not “Texans.” I guess even though I lived in Texas for only five years, I still consider myself part Texian!)

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      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      That makes me wonder. How many films have been made IN Texas anyway?

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  22. Jota_ February 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    “said the artists had a responsibility to do “everything within our power to make sure all of our fans, crews, and fellow artists feel safe and welcome, wherever we go.”

    Then they send out a letter like this from the Film Actors Guild (F.A.G.) to tell everyone they have to do things their way or else they will not come to the state and poop there.

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  23. Robert Newman February 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    When one of these Hollywood nut cases make comments and threats like this, I just add their names to a growing list of people whose movies (or TV shows I will not watch). Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook. The problem is that while many people will decry what they are doing, and trying to do with such threats, they will continue to support them with their dollars. Tell them enough is enough. Get out of my face!

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  24. SunshineKid0 February 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Feeling “safe” is best done NOT in our faces. Your “safe” bathroom issues are not safe for most female heterosexuals. There is a reason that criminal justice is all about protecting the victim, not the criminal, but you liberal idiots seem to think that protecting the guilty and murdering innocent lives is somehow “honorable”. You obviously have no idea about honor.

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  25. junglecogs February 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    What’s the big deal? Just get a Port-A-Potty; those things don’t care what gender you may think you are. Anyone may use it!

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