Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson is extremely upset that businesses are boycotting North Carolina over the state’s nullification of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte. In a new post on Heritage Foundation’s blog, Anderson calls it “Textbook Cultural Cronyism.” Anderson, who I suspect is a closeted gay man is also a mindless Defender of the Faith™. His views are those of the Vatican. He does not believe that transgender people exist — they are just confused.

That image on the right is from Twitter. Anderson looks like a mad monk in a suit.

According to Anderson:

At issue is H.B. 2, a bill Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week after it passed the House 83-25 and the Senate 32-0.

The bill accomplishes two main objectives. First, it says that private schools, restaurants, stores, and businesses are free to establish whatever bathroom policies they’d like, but that access to government bathrooms will be determined primarily by biological sex.

Second, it says that North Carolina will have one set of regulations for the entire state when it comes to employment and public accommodation, rather than additional piecemeal regulations city by city.

In other words, the bill prevents transgender people from having access to facilities and it nullified a local non-discrimination ordinance in favor of statewide Christian Privilege. While they were at it they nullified non-discrimination in employment and public accommodations.

Which bathroom should Jazz Jennings use?

Anderson makes preposterous comparisons:

The NBA has said North Carolina’s law might make it move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The NBA threat over the All-Star Game is particularly amusing. The NBA (and its sister organization, the WNBA) apparently think bathroom access shouldn’t be based on biology, but basketball leagues should.

Creating an accommodation for transgender citizens who constitute a tiny minority is simply not comparable to the sex separation of athletic teams.

The NBA and WNBA, of course, are free to have gender-neutral basketball teams—and to have gender-neutral bathrooms at those games. That they are threatening the state to impose a policy that even they haven’t voluntarily adopted is the height of hypocrisy.

Anderson suggests that the accommodation makes bathrooms gender-neutral. That is simply nonsense. What Anderson is really saying is that Jazz and Caitlyn and whomever are not really women. 

Later on:

And it’s another example of “cultural cronyism.” Just as we saw in Indiana last year, and in Georgia today,
big businesses are using their outsized market share to make economic
threats to pressure the government to do their bidding—at the expense of
the common good.

I would argue that the common good is served by diversity and nondiscrimination. Nevertheless business is motivated by the bottom line. Discrimination is bad for business. Moreover, unlike religion – which tends to be uniform throughout families – straight people have LGBT relatives so while gay and transgender people might comprise only 5% of the population, an enormous number of people have gay or transgender brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts and cousins. People will fight for the welfare of those family members.

The Heat, the Dolphins, the (inept) Marlins all play in Miami-Dade which has comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination laws. The Rays are in Pinellas County which has a similar ordinance. Both counties include protections for transgender people. I suspect that those teams, including the vast number of employees who
are not players would be quite upset if the state attempted to nullify
those laws. Indeed, an attempt died in committee last year.

The Human Rights Campaign lists 225 political subdivisions that protect transgender citizens as of January, 2015. Since then Kentucky, for example, has effectively nullified nondiscrimination laws in Covington,
Jefferson County,
Lexington-Fayette County,
Morehead, and
Vicco. ADF is on a mission to do this throughout the country.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.