On Wednesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat and Keith discussed the Equality Act, a bill that was reintroduced by House Democrats on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill aimed at bringing an end to "discrimination" against the transgender community.
In this clip, Pat highlighted Julia Beck, a lesbian feminist brought in by Republicans to testify against the Equality Act, a move that has outraged the feminist community.
Beck asserted that "H.R.5 is a human rights violation, will strip all Americans of fundamental human rights, and will set feminism back 50 years effectively undoing all that women have fought for and won."
"If the act passes in its current form as H.R. 5, then every right that women have fought for will cease to exist," Beck warned. "H.R. 5 is a human rights violation. Every single person in this country will lose their right to single-sex sports, shelters, grants, and loans. The law will forbid ever distinguishing between women and men."
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What is in the bill?
To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1.SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Equality Act".
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:
(1) Discrimination can occur on the basis of the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition of an individual, as well as because of sex-based stereotypes. Each of these factors alone can serve as the basis for discrimination, and each is a form of sex discrimination.
(2) A single instance of discrimination may have more than one basis. For example, discrimination against a married same-sex couple could be based on the sex stereotype that marriage should only be between heterosexual couples, the sexual orientation of the two individuals in the couple, or both. Discrimination against a pregnant lesbian could be based on her sex, her sexual orientation, her pregnancy, or on the basis of multiple factors.
(3) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (referred to as "LGBT") people commonly experience discrimination in securing access to public accommodations—including restaurants, senior centers, stores, places of or establishments that provide entertainment, health care facilities, shelters, government offices, youth service providers including adoption and foster care providers, and transportation. Forms of discrimination include the exclusion and denial of entry, unequal or unfair treatment, harassment, and violence. This discrimination prevents the full participation of LGBT people in society and disrupts the free flow of commerce.
(4) Women also have faced discrimination in many establishments such as stores and restaurants, and places or establishments that provide other goods or services, such as entertainment or transportation, including sexual harassment, differential pricing for substantially similar products and services, and denial of services because they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(5) Many employers already and continue to take proactive steps, beyond those required by some States and localities, to ensure they are fostering positive and respectful cultures for all employees. Many places of public accommodation also recognize the economic imperative to offer goods and services to as many consumers as possible. Read on.
While Pat in no way agreed with Beck's feminist angle, he did give her due credit for making a well thought out, logical argument against the Equality Act.
"This is really well laid out and smartly delivered ... this is a battle between transgenders and lesbians," Pat said.
Watch the video above to hear Julia Beck state her case.
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