Sep 22, 2018

Study: No links between transgender protections and bathroom safety

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There is no evidence that letting transgender people use public restrooms that align with their gender identity increases safety risks, a study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds.

Why it matters: The study is the first of its kind, and could help shape future legislation regarding protections for transgender individuals.

Key finding: Those who support policies opposing transgender people from using public facilities like restrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms that coincide with their gender identity argue that, without them, others may be more susceptible to predatory attacks.

  • However, the study finds that Massachusetts' nondiscrimination laws, which include protections for transgender individuals, did not affect the number or frequency of criminal incidents. In fact, "reports of privacy and safety violations in these places are exceedingly rare," it said.

The details:

  • The study took place in Massachusetts, where some cities have transgender-inclusive public accommodation laws.
  • Lead author Amira Hasenbush and her team compared cities and towns that had the laws and in Massachusetts, per NBC News.
  • They also examined police reports of assault and privacy violations in these localities both before and after the laws came into effect

The bottom line: The study was the first of its kind, and could help shape future legislation in this area.

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Mark Meadows considers new White House press secretary

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: Meadows' start on Tuesday as Trump's new chief presents a chance to overhaul a press shop that's kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.

CNN: Fauci advises all states issue stay-at-home orders

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci recommended on Thursday that all states across the U.S. implement stay-at-home orders, at a CNN town hall.

Why it matters: The recommendation stands in contrast to President Trump's calls for "flexibility." Nearly 4o states have issued stay-at-home orders to promote social distancing as a way to combat the novel coronavirus — but the orders vary in strictness and duration.

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